Good start: JC men win, women tieNobody can beat the Jimmie men, at least not yet, and the JC women are proving to be a handful too in the early goings of the season.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Nobody can beat the Jimmie men, at least not yet, and the JC women are proving to be a handful too in the early goings of the season.
The JC men improved to 4-0 on the young campaign with a pair of wins over the weekend. Coach Phillip Bohn’s team defeated Graceland University 2-1 in Blaine, Minn., on Saturday and then rolled over Morningside 3-1 in their home opener Monday afternoon.
The women, who haven’t played fewer than 120 minutes in a game yet, lost in overtime Saturday, but bounced back with a tie Monday.
JC 3, Morningside 1
Ellis Riley continued his fast start to the season for the Jimmie men on Monday.
The sophomore from Leads, England scored the Jimmies’ second and third goals of the game as they sailed past the Mustangs, 3-1.
A quick burst of offense put the Jimmies ahead to stay.
Matt Balshaw, one of Jimmies top returning players, got the ice-breaker at the 16:59 mark to put the Jimmies up 1-0. George Gauld got an assist on the goal. Both Balshaw and Gauld also are out of England.
Less than two minutes after Balshaw scored, Riley made it 2-0 when he beat Morningside keeper Eduie Curiel for a 2-0 JC edge.
Riley put it out of reach in the 74th minute with his second. Johnathon Lodge, a native of Dublin, Ireland, got an assist. West Fargo’s Jade Johnson assisted on Riley’s first goal.
Steady JC keeper Thomas Cooke stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced in the win for the Jimmies, who have another home match Friday against South Dakota Mines at 5 p.m. at Rotary Field.
JC 1, Morningside 1, 2 OTs
The Jimmie women have played plenty of extra soccer to start the season.
For the third straight match, the Jimmies went into overtime, but this time they got a result in a 1-all draw with Morningside.
“Couple breaks here and there, and who knows? We’ve been a little unlucky, but the girls are gelling together well and working hard,” JC head women’s coach Nick Becker said. “We’re doing a lot of good things.”
Down 1-0 late in regulation on Monday, Gabrielle Lane scored her first goal of the season to level the match with Morningside. Justine Bercier-Eyer assisted on the goal, which came in the 85th minute.
Due to the team’s style of play, which is to be safer, wait back and then counter, the Jimmies aren’t going to have a ton of opportunities, although Becker has been pleased with team’s two wingers: freshman Kristine Adamson and former Jamestown High School standout Kara Wahl. He also singled out Taylor Bertsch’s play in the back, plus steady keeper Kayla Byle.
“It’s definitely positive overall the way we’ve played so far,” Becker said. “We have improvements we have to make, but things are coming along pretty good right now.”
The Jimmies are back in action on Wednesday when they play Northern State in Aberdeen. They have two more home matches next weekend.
St. Catherine 2, JC 1, 2 OT
Christina Paik scored two goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime as St. Catherine edged the Jimmies 2-1 in St. Paul on Sunday.
It was the second straight OT loss to start the season for the Jimmies, who trailed 1-0 most of the match after Paik scored nine minutes in.
It was still 1-0 until the 89th minute when two former Blue Jays connected to level it. At the 88:51 mark, Amber Hillesland scored on an assist from Wahl for the Jimmies’ first goal of the season.
It stayed 1-1 for the next 20 minutes before Paik got the go-ahead tally at the 106:55 mark.
Byle was under siege in goal for the Jimmies. The JC keeper piled up 20 saves, including 11 in the second half.
The Jimmies dropped their season opener in double OT as well to Minnesota-Crookston.
Jamestown College 3, Morningside 1
Mustangs 0 1 — 1
Jimmies 2 1 — 3
1, JC, Matt Balshaw (George Gauld), 16:59; 2, JC, Ellis Riley (Jade Johnson), 18:51.
3, JC, Riley (Johnathon Lodge), 73:28; 4, MC, Chico Hernandez, 86:00.
Keeper saves: MC, Eduie Curiel 2-3—5 saves. JC, Thomas Cooke 3-6—9 saves.
Records: Jamestown College 4-0, Morningside 0-1.
Jamestown College 1, Morningside 1, 2 OTs
Mustangs 0 1 0 0 — 1
Jimmies 0 1 0 0 — 1
1, MC, Rachel Eisenbraun, 67:11; 2, JC, Gabrielle Lane (Justine Bercier-Eyer), 84:52
Keeper saves: MC, Felicia Reimann 0-0-1-0—1 save. JC, Kayla Byle 7-0-0-1—8 saves.
At St. Paul, Minn.
St. Catherine 2, Jamestown College 1, 2 OTs
Jimmies 0 1 0 0 — 1
Wildcats 1 0 0 1 — 2
1, SCU, Christina Paik (Elly Leyva), 9:05.
2, JC, Amber Hillesland (Kara Wahl), 88:51.
3, SCU, Paik (Ellen Kokes), 106:55.
Keeper saves: JC, Kayla Byle 7-11-2-0—20 saves. SCU, Danielle Mendez 3-2-0-2—7 saves.