Jimmies women's soccer can't finish the job in 2-0 loss to Hastings
The Jimmies have now lost three GPAC Championship games in a row.
JAMESTOWN — After a scoreless first half, the No.3-seed Hastings College Broncos continued their miraculous run with a 2-0 win over the top-seed University of Jamestown on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Jimmie Turf Field.
In total, the Jimmies were outshot 10-3 in shots on goal and 15-9 in overall shots.
The Jimmies (14-5-2) had a chance midway through the second half when the Broncos goalie Sofie Jackson-Pedersen's goal kick was intercepted and found the foot of the Jimmies' Cassandra Diaz. Diaz' shot was spilled by Jackson-Pederson but the sophomore netminder was able to punch it out of danger.
The Broncos (15-2-3) opened the scoring in the 72nd minute when Naomi Pedroza got in on goal and put it past Jimmies goalie Anna Cole to put her team up 1-0. After the goal, the Broncos locked down defensively holding the Jimmies to only two more shots on goal, neither being on target.
Jimmies head coach Nick Becker said he thought the first goal allowed his team to wake up and start playing with energy.
"I mean the first goal I think woke us up a little bit and then when it woke us up we finally started to say, 'we're down one-to-zero now even though we're into the national tournament we probably still have to get going.' I felt like it really took that goal for us to get moving and then the next 10 minutes we had the goal in their end the whole time with the exception of their second goal where we made a mistake and passed it right to them."
The Broncos put the game away when Sofia Gomez-Garcia slotted it home to make it 2-0 late in the match.
The Jimmies were without assistant coach Gareth Corrigan after being shown a red card in the semifinal win over Midland University.
"I think he defintely helps," Becker said. "My voice is a little bit shot because I had to yell for him. I think not having Gareth is a key thing for us. He's the one that helps get the subs ready and maybe he spots, we should move this player into here. So, I'm having to potentially manage that or all of a sudden I might miss something every once in a while or we're not able to communicate with all the players."
The Jimmies will wait to see who they face in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 17.
HC 2, UJ 0
HC: 0 2–2
UJ: 0 0–0
HC: Naomi Pedroza, 72:57
HC: Sofia Gomez-Garcia, 88:35
HC: Sofie Jackson-Pederson: three saves on three shots, no goals allowed
UJ: Anna Cole: eight saves on 10 shots, two goals allowed