Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Mesquite High School
Desert Ridge High School
Tuesday’s home opener for Desert Ridge Varsity Soccer was another thriller. Early on, it looked like it would be anything but exciting for the Jaguars. After the Jags missed a one on one opportunity, Mesquite countered back and scored the games first goal just five minutes in. Just minutes later, a miscommunication caused one Desert Ridge defender to kick the ball off of another and bounce backwards into their own net. Another five minutes led to another goal for Mesquite. Less than 20 minutes into the game, Desert Ridge trailed Mesquite 3-0.
Eventually, Desert Ridge woke up and finally decided to join the fun. After some great ball movement, Erick Gamez played a ball in behind the Mesquite back line that Jacob Harpenau was able to finish to get the Jaguars on the board. Just minutes later, Desert Ridge won a free kick in their offensive end. Jacob Harpenau shot the ball that struck the post and came back into play where Tanis Davis was crashing and tucked it away to bring the score to 3-2. Still in the first half, the Jaguars continued to push for another goal. They moved the ball quickly on the ground from one side of the field to the other where Kendall L’Heureux played the ball into the box. Matt Shaw deflected it beyond the goalkeepers reach and Thomas Telles put it home to tie the game at 3-3. All 3 Jaguar captains scored goals, bringing them back from their early lapse.
The second half provided several opportunities for both teams, the Jaguars ended the game with 24 shots but somehow were unable to beat Mesquite’s goalkeeper and never broke the 3-3 tie. It was another disappointing ending for the Jaguars who have played well through their first games but have not been able to get their first win.
Starting on Thursday, Desert Ridge is hosting the Stephan Hopp/Anthony Solis Cactus Cup Soccer Tournament. The Jags play at 5pm on the stadium field on Thursday night as they look to get their first win of the season. The boys will also be playing twice on Friday during the day so come on out and support them!