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Jimmie women victorious in opener

The University of Jamestown’s Elyse Stewart (5) works to control the ball against Morningside’s Malaika Burke (22) on Friday at the Jimmie soccer field. John M. Steiner The Sun

Getting off to a good start was a priority for the Jimmie women’s soccer team.

They accomplished that on Friday.

Freshman Connie Contreras scored early in the second half for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 University of Jamestown win over Morningside College.

“There’s always anxiety with a team in getting that first win. The last couple of years we started out 0-2, so to get that first one out of the way is pretty gratifying,” UJ head coach Nick Becker said.

It was a good victory for the Jimmies. Morningside was the regular season champion in the GPAC last season, posting a sparkling 14-3-4 record.

“Morningside is a good team. We knew we’d have to stick to the game plan and the girls did that for the most part,” Becker said. “This should be a nice confidence boost for our girls to have a good performance against a team like Morningside.”

Elisa Martin Grant stopped all six shots she faced, including a key save with less than 20 minutes to play on a golden scoring chance for the Mustangs.

The Jimmies showed increased depth from last year’s squad.

“We played 16. A couple of our girls took hard fouls and got a little dinged up, but the freshmen that came on responded well,” Becker said. “Whether a girl played 5 minutes or 20 minutes, they came in and were productive for us.”

The two teams play again today here at 1 p.m.

“It’s not ideal to play the same team back to back, but it will only make us better playing a quality team like Morningside,” Becker said. “We still have a lot to work on, but this was a positive step for our team.”

University of Jamestown 1, Morningside 0

Morningside 0 0 — 0

Jamestown 0 1 — 1

Scoring summary

First half

No scoring.

Second half

1, UJ, Connie Contreras, 42:45.

Goalkeeper saves: Morningside, Britney Kleinhesselink 5. Jamestown, Allie Grant 5.

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)      952-8460 or by e-mail at dselvig@jamestownsun.com

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
(701) 952-8460
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