High school soccer preview: Jordan not satisfied with second-round appearance

Columbus, Harris County hosts games; Northside, Brookstone on road

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comMay 6, 2014 

For the first time in its history, the Jordan girls soccer team is in the second round of the state playoffs. A 2-0 win over Dade County in the first round of the Class AA tournament ensured that.

Coach Sheri Green said, yes, the players are excited. But that doesn't mean they're satisfied.

"The other night when that happened, it stirred a little something in the school," she said. "We feel like -- we've made it this far, why not keep going?"

The Lady Red Jackets will have a chance to do just that when they host Westminster at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Kinnett Stadium.

The team has relied on a strong defensive core but has received contributions from its entire roster en route to a 14-1 record. That will continue to be its key against Westminster.

More than that, though, the team is counting on its motivation.

Green acknowledged that she and her players know most of the state of Georgia doesn't expect them to outplay Westminster, a program that has had its share of success in the past.

The program has players that go on to play at Division-I colleges. It has depth, it has experience, it has skill and, most of all, it has tradition.

"I feel like we're David facing Goliath, but I also feel like my kids have something special," Green said. "Sometimes that something special is what takes you further.

"I'm sure a lot of people expect Westminster to beat Jordan. Most of the people at Westminster probably haven't even heard of Jordan. Here, we expect the opposite. Why not us?"

Jordan is one of five girls soccer teams that will play Wednesday.

The Columbus girls, who defeated Northwest Whitfield on Monday, will host Chamblee in the second round at 7:30 p.m. at Kinnett.

Coach Rusty Oliver said he expects a challenge from Chamblee, much like its second-round opponent last season, Grady High.

In Class A, Brookstone travels to Our Lady of Mercey at 5:30 p.m., and in Class AAAAA Harris County will host Northgate at 5 p.m.

Also in AAAAA, Northside will hit the road to face perennial power Starr's Mill at 5:30 p.m.. Northside earned a 5-0 shutout of Effingham County in the first round.

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