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Blue Jays move to 4-0

Jamestown High School's Emily Reiten (25) scored her first goal of the season on Thursday night in Bismarck. The Jays topped the Demons 2-0 to improve to 4-0. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Emily Reiten had gone three matches without a goal to start the high school girls soccer season.

The brief drought ended on Thursday.

The senior all-state striker found the back of the net, as did junior attacking midfielder Megan Gaffaney, in a 2-0 Jamestown victory over Bismarck High at the Bismarck Athletic Complex. The Blue Jays are still perfect, improving to 4-0.

"Everyone else was scoring goals and I hadn't had any yet. I figured I had to get one soon," Reiten said. "I was getting kinda angry."

An angry Reiten spells trouble for the rest of the West Region. She scored 17 times last season, helping Jamestown to 12 wins and a fifth-place finish at the state tournament, while also collecting a third-straight all-state nod.

Reiten scored unassisted in the first half on Thursday. Gaffaney tallied on a direct free kick in the second 40 minutes, as she has now tallied four times after scoring just twice a year ago.

Jamestown senior goalkeeper Haley Hillstrom posted four saves in the match and is up to 18 total on the season. The shutout was already Jamestown's third in four matches.

Blue Jay head coach Mike Schulz, however, saw areas that need attention. The Blue Jays committed 13 fouls and were only able to bury two of 10 shots on goal.

"We played well enough to get the result. We were off a little bit, and really give the credit to Bismarck," Schulz said. "They played us really tough. We managed to find a couple of goals and our defense stood tall again."

Jamestown has allowed just one goal to this point, with Minot finding the back of the net in a 4-1 Blue Jay triumph at Rotary Field to start the spring. The Blue Jays will look to keep things rolling on Tuesday at Mandan.

"I think we can play better than we did, and I think we still have a lot of improvements to make," Schulz said. "But obviously we couldn't have asked for a better start."

"We're just going to go game by game, try to do our best and see where we can go from there," Reiten said.

Jamestown 2, Bismarck 0

JHS 1 1 -- 2

BHS 0 0 -- 0

SCORING

FIRST HALF: 1, J, Emily Reiten (unassisted), 36th minute.

SECOND HALF: 2, J, Megan Gaffaney (free kick), 66th minute.

GOALIE SAVES: J, Haley Hillstrom 4; B, 8.

CORNER KICKS: J, 10; B, 4.

FOULS: J, 13; B, 2.

RECORDS: Jamestown 4-0, 4-0 West Region; Bismarck 1-2-1, 1-2-1 West Region.

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