Jays blank DemonsIt took over two weeks but Jamestown finally got back in the winner’s column. Kyra Dewald and Jenae Dabill each scored second-half goals to help lift the Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory over the West-Region leading Bismarck Demons Thursday at the Rotary Field in Jamestown.
It took over two weeks but Jamestown finally got back in the winner’s column.
Kyra Dewald and Jenae Dabill each scored second-half goals to help lift the Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory over the West-Region leading Bismarck Demons Thursday at the Rotary Field in Jamestown.
“It has been a while,” said JHS coach Donovan Gibson. “When you kind of get in a pattern of tying or losing games it can really have some rough effects especially when it comes to team morale.”
The Blue Jays (5-2-3) also put an end to their scoreless streak, which stretched the length of their winless skid.
Jamestown will hit the road to face the Demons Monday to kick off a three-game road trip that will also include another weekend of East/West Crossover action.
“The girls rose above a lot of elements tonight,” Gibson said. “The weather and coming back from a 2-0 loss on Tuesday, this was big for us. They’re going to have the revenge factor but I think the girls’ spirits are very competitive and they’ll rise to the occasion.”
The Blue Jays got on the board with just under 25 minutes to play when Kyra Dewald scored her second goal of the season off a corner kick from senior Brooke Winson.
Winson’s kick sailed in front of the net for Kaitlin Walsh, who jumped to get a head on the ball, but a collision in front knocked the ball back to Dewald and the freshman forward came through.
“Brooke served in a great ball and Kyra just fought her way through the mêlée and put it in,” Gibson said.
The wet conditions may have also played a factor in the go-ahead goal as the ball slipped through goalkeeper Amanda Bennes’ hands in the upper right corner.
“It was huge,” said Gibson of breaking the scoreless streak. “The girls made great contributions on the field and to get that off our back feels good.”
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, Dabill gave the Jays some insurance when she alertly fired a free kick before the Demon defense could set up to stop the shot.
“She did a great job of reading the goalkeeper,” said Gibson. “They were trying to set up their defense and she (Dabill) took advantage of that when the goalkeeper wasn’t ready.”
Dabill, who now leads the team with seven goals, put the Jays up 2-0 at the 17:33 mark and the defense held on from there.
“It’s funny how we’re able to shutout teams and stay in games when we play a little disconnected in back,” Gibson said. “But somehow they find a way to get it together. Between Brooke Lukach, Sam Weng, Carly Nelson and Vanessa Polries, they find a way to get it done.”
Jamestown was a bit sluggish out of the gates, but the Demons weren’t able to capitalize on a stagnant Jays team.
Lind recorded her fifth shutout of the season in nets for Jamestown, but it didn’t come easy as she was faced with a season-high 14 shots in the game.
“This was a big win,” Gibson said. “They showed a lot of heart and they played with everything they had. I’m proud of them for that.”
Jamestown 1, Bismarck 0
Bismarck 0 0 — 0
Jamestown 0 2 — 2
1, JHS, Kyra Dewald (unassisted), 24:50; 2, JHS, Jenae Dabill (unassisted), 17:33.
Goalkeeper’s saves: Bismarck, Amanda Bennes 3; Jamestown, Jade Lind 14.
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