The Jordan boys’ soccer team dominated possession early and often, taking a 2-0 win over Wakefield Thursday night.
In the first half, Falcons defender Tyler Dressman earned a penalty after a great overlapping run into the box. Midfielder Cyrus Rad stepped up and buried the goal in the left corner to put Jordan (4-1) ahead.
Early in the second half, Jordan defender Kennady Jones headed home a goal off a corner kick.
Even after claiming the victory, Jordan might have left some goals on the field against Wakefield (1-2-1). It had countless opportunities on goal thanks to great team passing and movement. Players such as Rad, Dressman, Denilson Reyes and Ben Mountain consistently played good through balls and made tight passes.
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“It was nice to see the ball get moved around at this point in the season,” Jordan coach Don Jones said. “It was a pretty good representation of soccer.”
They said it
Wakefield coach C.J. Komons on Jordan’s team: “Jordan is a very good team. They’re well rounded. They got some big guys. They got some small, fast guys. They got some cheeky guys. They’re very good on the ball. They’re very good in the air.”
Three who mattered
Cyrus Rad, Jordan: Rad’s penalty shot in the first half put the Falcons up and gave them the goal they desperately wanted several minutes after having good chances to score. The left-footed junior wasted no time in depositing the ball in goal.
Kennady Jones, Jordan: Jones scored the insurance goal for Jordan nearly 3 minutes into the second half. After the Falcons earned a corner kick, Jones stood tall in the box and pounded the ball near post for the goal. Jones also commanded a stout defense throughout the night.
Taha Mirmozaffari, Wakefield: Though Mirmozaffari allowed two goals, he still had a solid game patrolling the net. He constantly barked instructions to his teammates to organize the defense and to have a plan in mind with certain passes.
“Taha’s a very good keeper,” Komons said. “He’s the reason it didn’t get 3-, 4-, 5-0. He’s going to be one of our leaders going forward this year.”
Jordan controlled the game and time of possession throughout the match. In fact, Wakefield didn’t even possess the ball in its offensive half to start the game for the first 2 and a half minutes.
Whenever the Wolverines did have an opportunity, the Jordan back line was there to swarm and clear.
“We’ve got a core of guys that are pretty good standup defenders,” Jones said. “Tonight quite honestly is the best team defense we have played.”
Late in the first half, Falcons forward Orlin Roque and Wolverines defender Charles Johnson chased after a loose ball along the left sideline.
Roque got there first, immediately stopped the ball with his left foot, flicked it behind him and continued running upfield – all in one smooth motion.
Though the play ultimately led to a goal kick, the play left the crowd amazed at Roque’s deft ball handling.