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Jamestown High School’s Jesse Saxberg (left) controls the ball in front of Grand Forks Central’s Brendyn Lafferty on Saturday at Rotary Field. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Mark Sherfy felt his Jamestown boys soccer team had Grand Forks Central on the run for most of their game Saturday at Rotary Field.

And though the two finished in a scoreless tie, Sherfy was still pleased.

“The boys played really, really well,” Sherfy said. “We had a lot of scoring opportunities and I was pleased with how we possessed the ball. We were patient in trying to build an attack. We created a lot. We just couldn’t finish on them.”

Jamestown keeper Adam Reiten finished with six saves in the tie. He was key in the Blue Jays’ 1-0 win over Mandan earlier this week.

“We’re coming off an undefeated week and we didn’t give up a goal,” Sherfy said.

Still, Sherfy said Reiten didn’t have to work as hard as Central keeper Caleb Dachtler, who had eight saves.

“I really feel like their goalkeeper got pushed harder than ours,” Sherfy said. “That’s a great place to be. The score doesn’t indicate what kind of game it was. We came out feeling really good about the kind of soccer the guys are playing.”

A big week is in store for the Blue Jays. They visit Bismarck St. Mary’s on Thursday before making the trip to Minot on Friday.

“Those are really gonna be good indicators of how the rest of our season goes,” Sherfy said. “We know we need to take them seriously and continue to play the kind of soccer we played the past week.”

Jamestown 0, Grand Forks Central 0 (tie)

Goalkeeper saves: GFC, Caleb Dachtler 8. JHS, Adam Reiten 6.

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