Jordan's 'magical' season comes to an end

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerMay 7, 2014 

"Amazing." "Magical."

Those are the words that Jordan girls soccer coach Sheri Green used to describe her team's season. Even its season came to an end on Wednesday at the hands of Westminster, 10-0, at Kinnett Stadium in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs, Green emphasized that the loss doesn't change anything,

"When I think about this season only two words come to mind -- amazing and magical," Green said. "These girls met and exceeded my expectations this year and I'm so proud of them."

The season was just that for the Lady Red Jackets and Green. Jordan recorded many firsts in school history in 2014 ending the season with 14-2 record. The Lady Red Jackets won the school's first ever region title going a perfect 6-0 in Region 5-AA play.

The ride didn't end there as Jordan won its first playoff game in school history last week defeating Dade County 2-0 to advance to the second round.

Westminster, however, was a roadblock for the Cinderella story team. The defending state champions fired 33 shots while finding the back of the net 10 times to advanced into the third round of the GHSA Class AA girl's state tournament.

The powerful Westminster attack began early as Caroline Beadles scored in the second minute after a great pass by Logue Shamburger.

It stayed at 1-0 for the next few minutes as the Jordan defense and goalkeeper Ayana Walker staved off a few dangerous shot attempts. Westminster kept pressing though and scored three goals in a three-minute stretch to up its lead to 4-0 with just 11 minutes off the clock.

Jordan showed its fight sustaining its first offensive attack including getting its first shot off.

By the time the half ended, Westminster had added four more goals to build an 8-0 lead.

Coming out of the break, Jordan was still fighting. In the 43rd minute, senior Undria Thomas raced down the field weaving in and out from defenders. With the goalie racing to the top of the box, Thomas fired a shot, but it was deflected out of bounds.

Westminster scored two more goals within the first 10 minutes of the second half to end Jordan's season. The game was stopped due to the mercy rule.

Green wasn't surprised that her team didn't throw in the towel.

"These girl's don't have quit in them and that's what makes them so magical and different," she said. "They never have quit on the field or in their personal lives and that was magnified today by the way their played."

Wednesday at Kinnett

Goals - Westminster: Caroline Beadles 3, Logan Shamburger 2, Miller Leeson 2, Liza Liginfelter, Natalie Fitzgerald, Caroline Puskas. Asssists - Westminster: Shamburger, Liginfelter, Fitzgerald, Puskas. Goalies - Westminster: Caroline Heller 1. Jordan Ayana Walker 8. Records - Westminster 9-6-5, Jordan 14-2

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