Westlake head ladies soccer coach Jason Judy was optimistic that 2020 was going to be a fairly good 12 months for the Thunder as a result of he knew he has gifted gamers who perceive what they’re doing.
Now he desires his Westlake squad to develop an aggressive mentality.
“I’ve bought one of the best workforce Westlake has seen since I bought to the varsity,” Judy mentioned. “We wish to elevate the bar and see these ladies rise to the event. Previously, it has been irritating as a result of it took awhile for us to get going. We burdened popping out prepared for each sport.”
The Thunder put that mindset on show Friday evening of their season-opener at Cedar Valley in Eagle Mountain, scoring two targets within the first six minutes on their approach to the Three-Zero win over the Aviators.
“We had excessive bodily requirements for this workforce and that confirmed,” Judy mentioned. “We performed quick and technical. The ladies have been taking part in with their membership groups however they nonetheless trusted one another and located one another on the market.”
Westlake bought on the board simply two minutes into the sport when senior Libby Brown bought the ball to senior Mattyn Summers, who broke free down the proper aspect of the sector.
With the Cedar Valley protection in scorching pursuit, Summers was pressured to fireside a shot from a troublesome angle however laced it in completely to present the Thunder the lead.
Simply 4 minutes later, Westlake senior Lauren Fowler bought the ball some 30 yards from the aim however noticed a gap and took the shot. The ball ended up making it by way of and into the web, doubling the Thunder benefit.
That put the house workforce in a troublesome spot as identical to that it was down by two targets however the Aviators stored pushing ahead, looking for a approach to break by way of the Westlake protection.
Cedar Valley did have an incredible probability on a nook kick and a few different lengthy pictures that needed to be saved, however for probably the most half the Thunder backline was in a position to management issues of their finish of the sector.
“We have got phenomenal velocity and expertise in our protection,” Judy mentioned. “Due to their skill, we’re actually in a position to construct out of the again as an alternative of simply kick it ahead.”
With the Westlake protection holding robust, the Thunder offense was in a position to notch another aim within the 30th minute when junior Pyper Vance received the race to a bouncing ricochet that had been tipped by Summers and buried it.
Cedar Valley was in a position to stymie the guests the remainder of the way in which however wasn’t in a position to get any momentum to mount a comeback.
“Our ladies have labored exhausting and I really feel we’re like 10 steps forward of the place we have been final 12 months,” Aviator head coach Mitchell Hart mentioned. “This sport got here all the way down to errors. Our protection performed properly within the second half however Westlake is a superb workforce. We wished to check ourselves early on with video games like this.”
Whereas he was happy with the result, Judy mentioned he wish to see his workforce be extra constant.
“Our area is basically good,” Judy mentioned. “We solely received two video games in area final 12 months and have been ranked 11th for a lot of the 12 months. We’ll be taking part in in opposition to nice expertise all 12 months, so we’ve to play with tempo, transferring off the ball and taking part in as a workforce.”
Hart hopes his Cedar Valley squad continues to develop its psychological toughness.
“That may be exhausting while you get down,” Hart mentioned. “It’s a must to preserve pushing. I feel a loss within the preseason will assist us in the long run.”
Westlake (1-Zero) subsequent hosts Timpview on Monday whereas the Aviators (Zero-1) play at Lehi the identical day.
Each video games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Each day Herald sports activities reporter Jared Lloyd may be reached at 801-344-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.