LAST GASP SHOCKER
Jordan surrendered its home field to Millbrook in a 1-0 loss during the second round of the 4-A playoffs on Friday.
Millbrook’s Rachel Adamkowski fed Cailyn Boch, who booted the ball past Jordan goalie Genevieve Whitcomb with 14 seconds left in the second half.
The first half was a grudge match at midfield, but Millbrook separated during the final 40 minutes with ball control.
“We minimized the number of mistakes in midfield in the second half,” Millbrook coach Matt Edwards said. “We won a lot more balls. They dominated the midfield in the first half. A little adjustment, a little more fight in us in the second half. We won more balls in the middle of the field. By winning balls there, we created more chances, kept the ball more. Their forwards are so good, so the more they have the ball, the worse we are. Keeping them off the ball as much as we can in the second half was really just as important as creating chances.”
Those Jordan forwards Edwards was talking about are Rachel Hill, Stephanie Quintanilla, Millicent Blivin and Alyssa Whicker.
“Those four are excellent,” Jordan coach Sarah Kaneko said.
The game plan to counter Millbrook’s strong midfield was to have Jordan’s forwards controlling the ball out wide, Kaneko said.
But the Falcons didn’t possess the ball well enough to get it to their forwards, Blivin said.
“We’re not really used to that kind of toughness in the middle, just based off of our conference. So we just weren’t used to it physically or mentally,” Blivin said.
The Falcons had a strong season, winning the PAC-6 title.
Jordan’s loss to Millbrook meant the last game on Barringer Field for the Falcons seniors.
“I’m trying to hold back my tears. They’re definitely coming,” Blivin said.
Blivin and Hill played four years of varsity soccer at Jordan.
“I’ve been very blessed to be a Jordan Falcon,” Blivin said. “I played basketball and soccer, so I’m very committed to this school and I love everything about it.”
Jordan’s roster of 18 players will be depleted by the loss of 10 seniors. That’s a bunch, Kaneko said.
“We’ll feel that,” Kaneko said. “But we have eight great ones coming back, so it’s a good place to be.”
Millbrook 1, Jordan 0
Millbrook |0 |1 — 1
Jordan |0 |0 — 0
GOAL — Millbrook, Cailyn Boch.
ASSIST — Millbrook, Rachel Adamkowski.
SAVES — Millbrook, Anna Shelden 7. Jordan, Genevieve Whitcomb 11.
SHOTS — Millbrook, 16. Jordan, 10.
Records — Millbrook 15-6. Jordan 12-6.