Brandi Harty and the Blue Jay soccer team found themselves in an all-too-familiar scenario Saturday afternoon.

The Jays suffered a loss to Bismarck Legacy in a WDA state-qualifying match at Mandan's Dacotah Field. The Blue Jays finished fifth in the WDA with a 5-8-2 overall and 4-8-2 conference record. Minot, Bismarck High, Bismarck Century and Legacy will be the four teams representing the WDA at next week's state soccer tournament.

Jamestown will be hosting the state tourney at Rotary Field. The tournament will begin Thursday at noon and will conclude with the championship on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Legacy will face the East's No. 1 seed, Fargo Davies, Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

"The boys played so hard," Harty said of the state qualifier. "We had many opportunities and were unable to finish."

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The Jays went 1-1 with the Sabers this season, falling 2-1 on Aug. 19 and winning the Sept. 11 matchup 3-1. The Sabers defeated the Jays in the 2020 state qualifying match 3-1.

With the exception of the Jays' season-opening win over Mandan, all of the team's wins came after at least one loss. The Jays' longest losing streak was four games, spanning from late August to early September. All eight of the Jays' losses were by one goal.

Jamestown's Jarrett Zalumskis (9) moves the ball away from Williston's Shawn Anfinson on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Rotary Field.
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Jamestown's Jarrett Zalumskis (9) moves the ball away from Williston's Shawn Anfinson on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Rotary Field. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The 2021 Blue Jay squad, was largely made up of freshmen and sophomores. Harty only had three seniors on the roster and only five of the eight listed juniors saw regular playing time. The Jays were also bit by the injury bug partway through the season, losing starters Brady Harty, Carter Genter and Ashton Stockert. Sockert returned from his broken toe injury towards the end of the regular season.

Junior Jarrett Zalumskis was the Jays' leading scorer this season with six goals. Seniors Cullin Bennett and Hunter Nelson were named the All-WDA team.

On Saturday the Blue Jays were able to keep Legacy out of the box for much of the first half, with Blue Jay goalkeeper Ryan Larson making 12 saves.

Legacy's Matthew Souther managed to get the ball past Larson in the 29th minute to make it a 1-0 ball game.

"I was so proud of how we adjusted after losing our center back to a concussion," Harty said. "Overall the team kept the right intensity the entire game."

Jamestown did manage to put nine shots on target but just couldn't sneak one past Nathaniel Olheiser. Brooks Roaldson and Stockert had the most chances for the Blue Jays, each tallying two. Olheiser made eight saves.

It was a disappointing end to a rollercoaster season, but Harty said she fully expects her team to be back in the mix after another year of training and physical maturation.

"I believe that if this team continues to train hard in the offseason there is no reason they can't compete to play at State next season," Harty said.

Legacy 2, Jamestown 0

JHS 0 0 -- 0

LEG 1 1 -- 2


First half

1. LEG, Matthew Souther (unassisted), 29th minute.

Second half

2. LEG, Reece Snow (unassisted), 53rd minute.

Shots on goal: Legacy 14; Jamestown 9

Saves: Legacy, Nathaniel Olheiser, 8; Jamestown, Ryan Larson, 12.

ND State Tournament, Jamestown

Oct. 7


(1W) Minot vs. (4E) Fargo Shanley, 12 noon

(2E) GF Red River vs. (3W) Bismarck Century, 2:15 p.m.

(1E) Fargo Davies vs. (4W) Bismarck Legacy, 4:30 p.m.

(2W) Bismarck High vs. (3E) WF Sheyenne, 6:45 p.m.

Oct. 8

Consolation, 12 and 2:15 p.m.

Semifinals, 4:30 and 6:45 p.m.

Oct. 9

Fifth Place, 11 a.m.

Third Place, 1:15 p.m.

Championship, 3:30 p.m