The University of Jamestown women’s soccer team puts their undefeated record on the line when they face off against Dordt University from the Jimmie Turf Field at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. The Jimmies come into this game with a 13-0 overall record and an 8-0 record in the GPAC. The Defenders come into the game with a 9-5-1 overall record and a 4-4-1 record in conference play.
The Jimmies are coming off a 4-0 win over Mount Marty on Oct. 13. The Defenders are coming off a 5-0 win over Presentation College.
These two teams have played 11 times previously with the Jimmies owning a 6-5 record. The Jimmies are also riding a five game winning streak against the Defenders. The last time these two teams played was on Oct. 17, 2020 when the Jimmies won 3-0. The Jimmies five game winning streak have all been shutouts.
The Defenders have a drop off between their leading scorer and second leading scorer as Avril Baccam leads the team with 17 goals and Jori Bronner is second on the team with 7 goals. Baccam’s goals put her in 9th in the nation coming into this game. Baccam also leads the team in points with 38, with Bronner being second on the Defenders with 17.
Possession will be a key for the Jimmies to try to stop Baccam’s attacking threat in this game.
“If we keep possession then they don’t have the ball. We are aware of the counter attack that she has out wide so we are going to do something to kind of isolate her so she doesn’t receive the ball,”Jimmies head coach Nick Becker said. “But that’s something normal we do in our defending phase anyway. So it’s just being more aware that she can be dangerous from anywhere on the field, just making sure the players understand that individual defending lies one v one."
The Jimmies are not overlooking the Defenders in this game, according to Becker.
“Dordt’s a good team and they have gotten decent results and teams three through nine have all beaten up on each other and they’re a team that could be sneaky good and create chances,” Becker said. “I think that is something that we are definitely focused on, is just taking it game by game and they’re not a light game by any means. It is going to be a battle.”