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Four more goals for Jimmies in win

The Jimmies’ George Gauld (19) gets to the ball ahead of Morningside’s Logan Schaefers during Friday night’s match. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Through two matches, eight different Jimmies have goals this season.

Depth? Yeah, they have it spades.

It was on display Friday night in a 4-0 blanking of Morningside (Iowa).

Through two matches the Jimmies have scored nine goals and conceded one.

“I’m pretty pleased. We’ve shown some good things here early,” UJ head coach Tommy Nienhaus said. “We’re bringing on a lot of different players and there’s not a big dropoff and in building depth in a program that’s ideally what you want.”

The Jimmies were dominant again on their home field, constantly pressuring the Mustangs, while rarely yielding the ball.

Last season, Nienhaus spent much of the season implementing his style of offense. This year, they’ve spent more time on defensive details. The results were good last season, but the Jimmies appeared poised for even bigger things this fall.

“Our players have a good grasp of the philosophies and strategies I want to employ,” Nienhaus said. “They’re a very focused group. They’re intelligent and they play with purpose.”

They wasted little time on Friday as star midfielder Jack Keeling scored in the seventh minute. Jade Johnson was credited with an assist. Less than four minutes later, Sam Della Monica, who plays in the back third, zipped one home for a 2-0 UJ lead.

They got a third goal late in the first half as Kody Duncan came up from his defensive position to head one in for a 3-0 lead. Ben Eastwell had the set up, getting the assist.

The fourth goal went to Ellis Riley early in the second half, the eighth Jimmie to score so far.

“Most teams when they scout will look at the stats and determine it off of that. When you have a number of players scoring, that makes it more challenging to prepare for,” Nienhaus said.

Carroll College is the next team up for the Jimmies (2-0). Carroll is in its first year as a program and faces a stiff test from the efficient home side.

“It will be interesting to see how we do on the quick turnaround,” Nienhaus said. “That’s kind of the next progression is to play games in succession and maintain a high standard of play.”

University of Jamestown 4, Morningside 0

Morningside 0 0 — 0

Jamestown 3 1 — 4

Scoring summary

1, UJ, Jack Keeling (Jade Johnson), 6:29; 2, UJ, Sam Della Monica, 10:21; 3, Kody Duncan (Ben Eastwell), 39:46.

Second half

4, UJ, Ellis Riley, 51:33.

Goalkeeper saves: Morningside, Jhovany Curiel 4; Eduardo Pinheiro 4. Jamestown, Steve Harris 1.

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Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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