By Graham Henderson
The Jordan High School boys soccer team kept its perfect season intact on with a 3-0 win on Tuesday, easily outplaying an undermanned O’Connell squad in a AAA matchup at School of the Arts.
The Jaguars (3-0-0) were in control the whole game, out-shooting the Boilermakers (0-2-2) 18-3. All three Jaguars goals came in the first half, as Jaguar forwards picked apart the Boilermakers defense.
O’Connell played the entire game with only nine players on the field.
“We had two captains red-carded in the last game, so they’ll be out for two games,” said O’Connell head coach Bob Gamino. The team was also missing two other players, one because of a foot injury, and the other because of a doctor’s appointment.
Even though the Jordan sits atop the AAA’s Y Division, the Jaguars are ineligible for the playoffs this year, after repeatedly playing ineligible players last season.
The team is on probation by the CIF-San Francisco Section this year, which includes the postseason ineligibility.
With a new head coach Jesse Cordray, Jordan is trying to move forward.
“They brought me in to change all of that,” Cordray said. “We are trying to be in compliance as much as possible, and just put last year in the past.”
The Jaguars got off to an early start, as Saul Juarez scored the first goal in the 13th minute, after he connected with a perfectly placed cross from Jonathan Mora, leaving O’Connell keeper Jorge Aguilar no chance.
“We work on passing and possession almost every day in practice,” Cordray said. “It’s good to see them knock it around.”
The onslaught kept coming and in the 23rd minute, Aguilar made a diving save to block a shot from a charging William Duran, but was unable to hang onto the ball. Carlos Perez was able to easily put away the rebound before Aguilar could get back on his feet.
Gamino said he was “nowhere near satisfied” with his team’s performance.
“We held them to 3-0 with nine guys who aren’t very good,” Gamino said. “The goalie did a great job today, he kept us in the game the whole time.”
Aguilar was the one bright spot for O’Connell, holding Jordan to only three goals, despite the limited defensive help.
Cesar Martinez scored the final goal for the Jaguars in the 32nd minute, after he received a pass midfield, and used his impressive speed to beat the O’Connell defenders.
“We played good, but it’s not enough,” Martinez said. “We need to play more as a team, no more individualism.”
Jordan’s goalkeeper Christian Martinez was frank about his team’s dominating performance.
“I was bored and I was cold, to be honest” he said. “For the rest of the season, I hope we do as good as we did today.”
J: 13th minute — Saul Juarez
J: 23rd minute — Carlos Perez
J: 32nd minute — Cesar Martinez