SANDY — Although the Jordan girls ended the 2005 soccer season in disappointment — after tying 5A champ Brighton earlier in the year — that doesn't mean the future isn't bright.
In fact, with deep junior and sophomore classes getting plenty of playing time this season, the 'Diggers will continue to contend for years to come.
"We have had some injuries and have needed to play a lot of younger players," said coach Jesus Goyzueta after an early season win. "It makes us struggle a little now, but down the road it will pay off getting all these players experience."
Having many players take different roles throughout the year gave Jordan a very balanced scoring attack. Senior Aubrey Zitting led the team with eight goals, and junior Katie Christensen was second with seven goals. Haley Hansen, a sophomore, and senior Paige Collett both had five goals while Kelsey McLachlan, a junior, each had four tallies.
The silver lining through that statistic is that three of the top five goal scorers for the Beetdiggers will be returning next season. The negative is that with a leader only netting eight goals, Jordan did not have a player in the top 25 goal scorers for 5A. It was a season of missed opportunities.
"When we play the way we are capable of playing, we can be pretty good," Goyzueta said.
Unfortunately, the times Jordan played to its capabilities varied not only from game to game, but from minute to minute. The team finished 4-5-1 in Region 2 and 7-9-1 overall. The 'Diggers never had a winning streak longer than two games but also never lost more than three consecutive contests. The up-and-down record exemplified the play.
The defense was steady, only allowing an opponent over two goals three times on the season. Carrie Colton and Breann Derrick and Natalie Wheatley were solid defenders. They kept an organized defense and limited the number of times that Kristin Sauer and Mikayla Ray were forced to make saves in the goal.
Goyzueta has said it would help his team if more players participated in a good club soccer program so that they would improve during the high school off-season.
"We only have a few players that play club soccer," he said. "If you look at all the very successful high school programs, they all have a lot of players on top club programs. I think that we are getting more of them, but for the past few years, I have not had enough of those club players."
The 1-0 loss to Timpanogos may have ended the Jordan 2005 season, but with Goyzueta at the helm, and with the return of so many players who received valuable playing experience this season, 2006 could be a season to remember.