Jayhawks win region title
Tuesday , April 23, 2013 - 12:17 AM
St. Joseph High School goalie Mitch Koehler makes a save during St. Joseph's 1-0 victory over...
OGDEN — Ty Evans was rewarded for his hard work getting back into playing shape.
And the Jayhawks were rewarded for their hard work with another region title.
Evans scored 30 seconds after he was subbed into Monday’s 2-A Central boys soccer game and the St. Joseph Jayhawks made the goals stand up with a 1-0 victory over Waterford at Lew Joseph Field to clinch the league title.
Evans had been out for three weeks with an injury to his knee. He had just entered the game as a substiture when he took a corner kick from teammate Adam Brodstein and chested into the goal.
“We had a lot of good chances today, but they just didn’t click for more scores,” St. Joseph coach Derek Tate said. “We had good control of the match and plenty of chances.”
“I am happy with the win, and very pleased with how well we are playing,” he said.
St. Joseph keeper Mitch Koehler had to make very few stops to preserve the shutout, thanks to a strong defense led by Oswald Cruz.
After St. Joseph’s first-half score, about 30 minutes in, the teams battled back and forth the rest of the way.
While Waterford will likely enter the 2-A/1-A playoffs as the No. 4 seed, Tate thinks they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
“They always get better as the season goes on,” he said.
So do the Jayhawks, who are now an impressive 8-0-1 in league play, 9-1-3 overall.
Tate’s Jayhawks will wrap up their regular season on Friday at home against South Summit, then perhaps host a pair of home matches the following week in the state tournament. They hope to get at least one other key player back from the injury list in time for tournament play.
“We’re still figuring some things out on defense, trying to get ready for state. I think we’ll be ready for what next week brings,” Tate said.
“Defensively, the guys are communicating well. Oswald is going a great job of talking to guys, and Mitch keeps them in the right place.”
The current group of Jayhawks reached the 2-A semifinals in 2010 then lost to Waterford 2-1 in the 2011 championship, and 3-2 to Manti in the 2012 championship last season.
This year’s tournament will also include Manti, Waterford, Rowland Hall and Layton Christian Academy.
It’s good to see them play well,” Tate added. “It will be fun to see what happens.”
• SOUTH SUMMIT 14, BEN LOMOND 2: At Kamas, the Scots scored a pair of runs early but couldn’t keep up with the home team.
South Summit’s C.J. Dinenno hit two doubles in the win. Chandler Rose picked up the win on the mound.
Fred Jasso took the loss for Ben Lomond. The Scots are still looking for their first win of the season.
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