Quick Start: Jimmies put Presentation away early
Connie Contreras owned 29 career collegiate goals scored for 41 seconds Wednesday night at Rotary Field.
The University of Jamestown senior midfielder wasted absolutely zero time burying No. 30 during senior night against visiting Presentation College. Contreras received a feed from Briana DeStefano in the opening minute that placed her behind the defense and Contreras delivered.
The Jimmies ultimately cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Saints.
"I didn't really realize how many goals I've scored until this year," said Contreras, the reigning North Star Athletic Association offensive player of the year. "When I heard that I was pretty close, I was like, I want to make that my number. It felt good to get that 30."
It also had to feel good to get off to a strong start. Jamestown junior forward Shelby Webb tallied at the 2-minute mark, getting behind the defense and sending in her own rebound past Saints' keeper Allison Johnston.
"Last year when we played our senior night at home we started rough, so this year we really wanted to come out and start hard," Contreras said. "It was really nice to start the momentum that way."
The Jimmies pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 24th minute with Nicole Morrison finding the back of the net. Kirstyn Aldridge also tallied, as the Jimmies led 4-1 at the half.
"We trained on getting in behind early and getting on top of the game, basically taking control of the game and getting the pace and the tempo set," Jimmie women's soccer coach Nick Becker said. "I think we set the tempo pretty high early."
Junior forward Lateasha Hughes, from Minot, and junior midfielder Sophie Bales combined for Jamestown's pair of second-half goals, with assists going to Webb and Gabriella Diarte. The Saints' Brittney Cusick scored just the 11th goal to get past Jamestown keeper Lauren Sayler all season in the first half.
"We played 25, 26 players and I think they all got in there and did their job," Becker said. "Scoring goals is our biggest thing. We needed to score some and we did, so that was a good thing."
The Jimmies (12-4-1, 3-0 NSAA) can lock up the NSAA regular season conference title with a win at Viterbo (5-7-3, 2-1 NSAA) this Saturday, while also tying a program best 13 wins. Win or lose, the Jimmies will be playing in the Association of Independent Institutions tournament Nov. 10-11 in Lawrenceville, Ga.
The winner of that tournament will qualify for the national tournament.
"We're going to come out hard like we always do," Contreras said. "Our mindset is just to win every ball, win every game and play like it's our last."
It's possible the Jimmies could receive an at-large bid into the national tournament without winning the AII tourney depending on the team's national ranking.
"We're not counting on that one," Becker said of a possible at-large bid. "We want to take care of business."
University of Jamestown 6, Presentation College 1
PC 1 0 -- 1
JAM 4 2 -- 6
1. J,Connie Contreras (Briana DeStefano), 0:41; 2. J, Shelby Webb (unassisted), 2:00; 3. J, Nicole Morrison (Kirstyn Aldridge), 23:55; 4. PC, Brittney Cusick (Lauren Thompson), 26:52; 5. J, Aldridge (unassisted), 31:13.
6. J, Lateasha Hughes (Webb), 49:09; 7. J, Sophie Bales (Gabriella Diarte), 74:50.
Goalkeeper saves: PC, Allison Johnston 4-2--6; Lauren Sayler 0-X-0; Sophie Ledger X-1--1.
Records: Jamestown 12-4-1, 3-0 NSAA; Presentation 5-13, 1-3 NSAA