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Jimmies use big second half to get 3-1 win over Doane

The goal from Noguera was only her second of her career.

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University of Jamestown's Miarosa Gyllenswan (23) kicks the ball toward Gisselle Martinez Lopez (6) of Doane University during the GPAC quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at UJ Turf Complex.
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JAMESTOWN — After a miscue in the back led to the University of Jamestown going down 1-0 early, the Jimmies responded to tie the game up at one and followed it up with two second-half goals to get a 3-1 win over Doane University on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Jimmie Turf Field.

The game served as freshman goalie Anna Cole’s first ever start. The rookie saved six of the seven shots she faced in the win. Prior to this game, Cole has made eight previous appearances for the Jimmies.

“I was very nervous because I knew I was going to be playing in the previous games, I never knew if I was going to go in or not,” Cole said. “So, this game I was mentally preparing myself to play. It’s a lot with the other girls, they helped me through it. I didn’t do much on my own, but I talked with them and they hyped me up and told me I would do well.”

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Lexi Torok (27) of Doane University gets escorted by University of Jamestown's Ryley Bedard (11), Haley Dyer (6) and Gaby Sarkis during the GPAC quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at UJ Turf Complex.
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The Tigers opened the scoring when Michaela Thompson did not miss an empty net as she made it 1-0 early in the first half. A few minutes later, the Jimmies subbed Kassandra Noguera in. The substitution worked out as with 28:11 to go Noguera ran down the right side of the field and slotted it home to make it 1-1.

“The times (Jimmies head coach Nick Becker has) always put me in, I’ve scored right away,” Noguera said. “So I guess he knows at a time when he needs me, he puts me in, where he sees how I play.”

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It didn’t take long for the Jimmies to take the lead as just over five minutes into the second half, Gaby Sarkis got a through ball, turned on the jets, dribbled past the goalie, Grayce Southern, and put it into the waning net to push the Jimmies out in front 2-1.

“She came out quick and I saw her and she wasn’t very stable, so I knew in that second, that I wasn’t going to get a pass off, so I had to beat her,” Sarkis said.

The Jimmies added another one when Ryley Bedard sent a cross in that snuck inside the far post to make it 3-1 with just over 20 minutes to go in the game.

“Myself and Coach (Becker) had a chat at the end, the level didn’t drop, even when we brought in some girls that wouldn’t necessarily be starting or getting a lot of minutes, they came in, they kept the levels high,” Jimmies assistant coach Gareth Corrigan said.”The energy was good, the levels didn’t drop at all and you’d think they’d be starters. I think once we got the second goal, we wanted to go on and score more because the more goals you get the more confidence everybody gets so all good on that end.”

The Jimmies and Tigers played earlier this season on Sept.24, with the Jimmies winning 2-0.

“To be honest with you, we give Doane credit, going back to the last game, they played well,” Corrigan said. “Obviously, we didn’t play in the last game. In this game, they were going to come out with confidence, they have to come out with confidence, it’s a knockout round. They pressed us really well in the first ten minutes and I think that’s where their goal came from. Their front three is really dangerous, we give credit to their front three.”

The Jimmies are back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, when they face Midland University.

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University of Jamestown's Eve Hoppe (8) drives the ball toward Liz Torok (22) of Doane University during the GPAC quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at UJ Turf Complex.
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DU 1, UJ 3

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DU: 1 0–1

UJ: 1 2–3

Scoring plays

First half:

DU: Michaela Thompson, 7:21

UJ: Kassandra Noguera, 16:49

Second half:

UJ: Gaby Sarkis, 49:52

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UJ: Ryley Bedard, 69:15

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Doane's Lexi Torok (27) is arm-and-arm with University of Jamestown's Gaby Sarkis during the GPAC quarterfinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at UJ Turf Complex.
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