Aydan Rathsabandith of Bloomington Jefferson (left) scores his fourth of five goals in the Jaguars' 9-3 defeat of Blake at Blake's Hopkins campus on Thursday. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Four minutes or so into Thursday’s chilly and wet game against Blake, Bloomington Jefferson found itself trailing 1-0 and struggling to find possession.
Despite those obstacles, the Jaguars didn’t flinch and being defensively stout eventually led to success on the other end of the field, as the Jaguars defeated the Bears 9-3 at Blake’s campus in Hopkins.
Bloomington Jefferson coach Scott Cater knew his team had a tough opponent on its hands in the Blake offense, with the Bears coming into the matchup averaging more than 15 goals per game. But Cater’s group has shown its ability to defend, giving up just five goals per contest.
The game gave those in attendance plenty of chances to watch how the Jaguars, ranked No. 7 in the coaches’ poll, would defend the high-powered Bears.
“I’m blessed with a whole bunch of kids who like to play defense,” Cater said. “That’s our identity. We’re going to be a tough defensive team that grinds out possessions to get the ball back.”
After defending most of the first quarter, Bloomington Jefferson got some chances on offense. With less than two minutes to go in the first quarter, attackman Aydan Rathsabandith tied the game at 1.
The Jaguars’ Kyler Dawson (left) had two goals on a cold rainy Thursday night in Bloomington Jefferson's 9-3 triumph over Blake in Hopkins. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner SportsEngine
After Bloomington Jefferson and Blake played to a 1-1 tie in the first quarter, the Jaguars roared ahead 4-1 to close the first half and never looked back as they picked up a 9-3 victory over the Bears on Thursday at the Blake School in Hopkins.
The Jaguars were spearheaded by Aydan Rathsabandith’s offensive outburst, as he produced five goals. Teammate Kyler Dawson added two goals.
Blake (8-4, 4-0) got off to a good start with junior midfielder Eli Daniel scoring to put the Bears ahead 1-0 in the first quarter. Daniel, who has a team-best 31 goals, finished Thursday’s game with two tallies.
Bloomington Jefferson (10-3, 2-2) tied it at one late in the opening quarter, with Rathsabandith getting his team’s first goal.
Things began to tilt in favor of the Jaguars, ranked No. 7 in the coaches’ poll, in the second quarter when two Bears players were called for illegal sticks. Shortly after that, Blake was called for an additional penalty, giving Bloomington Jefferson a three-player advantage.
When the first five minutes of the quarter were up, the Bears had racked up five different penalties. The Jaguars, meanwhile, took advantage of their opportunities and scored three times off of those penalties to give them a 4-1 lead at halftime.
Bloomington Jefferson senior goaltender Jake McCarthy earned the victory with a nine-save effort. Bears goalie Oskar Holm did his part to slow his opponent with seven saves.
Blakes’ Eli Daniel had a team-high two goals Thursday night in the Bears' 9-3 loss to the Jaguar’s at home. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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