Prep boys' soccer: Judge blanks Uintah
It's impossible not to hear Andrew Matthews from anywhere on the field.
Judge Memorial's goalkeeper isn't just the team's top shot blockerhe is the on-field captain directing traffic for the Bulldogs.
From inside the goal box, Matthews yelled the Bulldogs' game plan against regional rival Uintah. It was a one-word mantra that his teammates easily executed.
Judge Memorial heeded the junior captain and delivered a 3-0 victory over the Utes.
"He did a great job for us on this shutout," Judge's Matthew Bergstrom said. "He always makes the saves for us. Definitely the leader on the team for us."
Matthews earned the shutout, blocking six shots and reeling in four attempts on goal.
The Bulldogs struck first in the 20th minute when Moises Diaz drilled a shot. The freshman fought through a sea of red jerseys and powered the ball through Uintah's keeper's hands.
"I trust Moises when he has the ball," Judge senior Alex Jensen said. "He knows how to shoot and when to pass it off. He's a real trustworthy player."
Bergstrom, who was sidelined last season after tearing his ACL, scored the Bulldogs' second goal in the 29th minute. He looked to be back in top form, trapping the ball at the top of the box and hitting a left-footer to the far side of the goal.
"I just decided to rip that one into the far corner, and it went in," Bergstrom said.
Jensen pestered Uintah's backfield with his frenetic speed, nearly scoring four times.
"His speed kills anybody," Diaz said. "Having him on my side is a good advantage for getting the ball in the goal."
The final goal was scored in the 77th minute off Trevor Bonn's corner kick. Uintah ricocheted it off one of its defenders while trying to clear it , resulting in an own goal.
"We definitely can't take any team for granted," Jensen said. "Any team can come back. We have to be on our toes even with a 2-0 lead."