The boys soccer team defeated Turner 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in their first game of regional playoffs.
Neither of the teams managed to score until a strike from senior forward Colby Sirivongxay gave the Jaguars a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. Another goal from senior midfielder Dalton Sieperda extended the lead to 2-0 going into halftime.
In the second half, the Jaguars took a 3-0 lead after sophomore forward Hunter Tener slotted a shot past the keeper. The team held on the victory from there, even after surrendering a goal to Turner in the 26th minute.
The mindset of the winning team, according to Sieperda, was to not overlook their competition even though they were favorites to win the game.
“We obviously wanted to come out with the victory,” Sieperda said. “We knew coming into the game that we were expected to win this so it was more about doing what we needed to do to win and moving on to Thursday.”
Junior midfielder Jansen McCabe wanted to use past experience to get the advantage over Turner.
“We played them earlier in the season and beat them,” McCabe said. “So we knew could win the game. We still had to come out and play the game and perform.”
Since the Jaguars got the victory, they next play on the road at Blue Valley Southwest on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6:00 pm in the regional final. Sieperda wants to use this result as motivation going into the next playoff game, even though it’s a tougher opponent.
“We’re going to go into [Thursday’s game] with the same attitude, looking for the win,” Sieperda said. “It’s going to be harder. I think [we as a team] can do it, we just need to have the right mindset.”