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Blue Jay girls soccer measuring up Mustangs

The Jamestown High School girls soccer team will be competing at the state tournament this week in Grand Forks.

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Bismarck Legacy's Ella Jones (11) along with Jamestown's Sophie McClean (20) and Hannah Sjostrom (19) all reach for the ball at the same time Thursday, May 27, 2021, during the WDA tournament at Saint Mary's Central High School. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Last Thursday, the Jamestown High School soccer team beat Bismarck Legacy for the third time.

This Thursday, the Blue Jays will be looking to beat West Fargo Sheyenne for the first time.

The Blue Jays have advanced to their first state tournament in two years and will be taking on the No. 1-ranked Mustangs in the tournament quarterfinals at Cushman Field in Grand Forks at 4:30 p.m.

"We're kind of riding a high right now," JHS head coach Brandi Harty said. "It's pretty exciting that these girls accomplished one of their major goals so it's been really fun -- it was a really fun weekend."

The weekend wasn't all fun and games.

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The Blue Jays took the field Monday and will be training through Wednesday this week. Harty said that the Blue Jays are just working on perfecting their game, rather than switching lineups or changing up game plans. T

"I think it is going to be a tough matchup but I think that we'll be able to do OK," Harty said. "They are a very strong team, their ability to control the play is very strong, they have a very good left-winger and that'll be a good matchup with Brenna Hatch. It'll be kind of exciting to see what Brenna can do with her."

Harty also mentioned that the Mustangs have a very strong goalkeeper to be aware of but added that she will have her hands full with the flock of Blue Jays.

"We have a very fast attack and I think that is one of our biggest strengths," Harty said. "I firmly believe that if we could get on the board early in this game, that would set the tone. We have the ability to score fast."

Haley Nelson will be one to watch down the field. The junior winger has snuck the ball past multiple goalies this season. Hannah Murchie, Sara Sletto and Breanna Oettle will also be a big help as all three have put the ball on the net this season.

"I think if they can have that mindset and come in ready to play, I think they will do just fine," Harty said. "This team is extremely excited to have made it.

"This was a big goal for them and I am so proud that they were able to make it because they have put a lot of hard work into this season. It will be exciting to see how they handle the game on Thursday."

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

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STATE TOURNAMENT

AT GRAND FORKS, CUSHMAN FIELD

JUNE 3

G1: (1W) Minot vs. (4E) West Fargo, noon

G2: (2E) Fargo Shanley vs. (3W) Bismarck High, 2:15 p.m.

G3: (1E) WF Sheyenne vs. (4W) Jamestown, 4:30 p.m.

G4: (2W) Mandan vs. (3E) Fargo Davies, 6:45 p.m.

JUNE 4

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G5: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2, noon

G6: Loser G3 vs. Loser G4, 2:15 p.m.

G7: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 4:30 p.m.

G8: Winner G3 vs. Winner G4, 6:45 p.m.

JUNE 5

FIFTH: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 11 a.m.

THIRD: Loser G7 vs. Loser G8, 1:15 p.m.

FIRST: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8, 3:30 p.m.

Related Topics: PREP SPORTSJAMESTOWN BLUE JAYSBLUE JAYS SOCCERGRAND FORKS
Gerber is a sports writer for the Jamestown Sun.
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