Jimmie women battle Morningside to tie
Battling a rash of injuries, the University of Jamestown women’s soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with Morningside College after double overtime at the Jimmie soccer field on Saturday.
The Jimmies were playing Morningside for the second time in less than 24 hours after defeating the Mustangs 1-0 on Saturday. The Mustangs went 14-3-4 last season and won the GPAC regular season title.
But numerous players on Jamestown’s side — a total of five in all — were unable to make it to the finish line in Saturday’s match. The Jimmies are now 1-0-1 on the season.
“We’re OK with a tie. We had some key players hurt early in the game and we weren’t really full strength at the end,” Jimmie women’s soccer coach Nick Becker said. “We had a couple of girls that had some existing injuries and were only able to play limited minutes.”
Freshman forward Connie Contreras, who scored the only goal in Friday’s 1-0 Jimmie win, was injured, along with senior midfielders Amber Hillesland and Brooke Winson, sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson and freshman midfielder Aleisha Gable.
All of the players, with the exception of Hillesland, should be back in action by Friday’s match against Dakota Wesleyan. Hillesland, a Jamestown native, appeared to have suffered a serious knee injury and could miss a substantial amount of time.
“We should have everybody back and healthy, except for Amber,” Becker said. “Going into overtime and coming out still tied, we felt pretty good about that especially after they scored a goal on us.”
The Jimmies lead 1-0 at the half after sophomore midfielder Monica Noria booted in her first goal of the season in the 36th minute. The tally was assisted by sophomore Josselin Cosio.
Buy the Mustangs bounced back 16 minutes into the second half on a goal by Amy Samuelson. Morningside outshot the Jimmies 15-7, including a 9-2 edge in the second, but UJ sophomore goalkeeper Elisa Martin held firm for the second straight day collecting four saves.
“There were still some things we could have done to win, but we just had a few mistakes that shouldn’t have happened,” Becker said. “We’ll learn from it. It’s tough to play a team back-to-back. I’m OK with the result and I think the girls are as well.”
The Jimmies host Dakota Wesleyan on Friday and Rocky Mountain on Sunday. Jamestown defeated Dakota Wesleyan 2-0 last season in Mitchell, South Dakota.
“We played them last year and it was a 2-0 game. They went through a coaching change there and they have a couple of good returning girls,” Becker said. “It should be a competitive match. I expect the girls to win, obviously, but we’re not going to overlook them by any means.”
University of Jamestown 1, Morningside College 1
Morningside 0 1 — 1
Jamestown 1 0 — 1
1, UJ, Monica Noria (Josselin Cosio), 35:48.
2, MC, Amy Samuelson (Amy Grause), 61:15.
Goalkeeper saves: Niccole McGuire 2, Britney Kleinhesselink 0. UJ, Elisa Martin 4.
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