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Finding success could be difficult for a young, inexperienced Jamestown girls soccer team, but first-year coach Mike Schulz said it won’t be for lack of effort.

The Blue Jays have 18 girls out for the varsity team, led by senior captain Kylee Pfaff. They open up on Saturday in Grand Forks, playing Red River at 11 a.m., and Devils Lake at 3 p.m.

“We have a young team, and we don’t have real high numbers,” Schulz said. “But we definitely have hard workers.”

Pfaff is the lone team captain. The midfielder is one of five seniors.

“She has a lot of speed on the outside,” Schulz said.

The Blue Jays will likely depend on a large freshman class to fill prominent roles. Goalkeeper Haley Hillstrom is one of those freshmen, and Schulz said he hopes Hillstrom can lead the charge for what looks to be a defensive-minded team.

“We’ll probably play a defensive-minded game,” he said. “We’re looking to counter-attack opponents. We’re definitely trying to play a strong backline.”

Limited practice time because of weather has hurt. Schulz said he’s still ironing out details with Saturday’s opener looming.

“We don’t know where the team is quite yet,” he said. “We know we’re young. We have a lot of girls who have played together for a long time. We’re going for a good work ethic and to play a fast-paced game.”

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