Jimmies men's soccer look to start run vs. Briar Cliff
The Jimmies look to advance to the second round of the conference tournament for the first time since 2019.
For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Jamestown men’s soccer team is playing in the GPAC quarterfinals. The Jimmies will play Briar Cliff University at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Faber Field in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Jimmies finished the regular season with a 6-8-3 overall record and a 4-5-2 record in conference play. As a result, they come into this game as the No. 7 seed.
The Chargers finished the regular season with a 12-5 overall record and a 10-1 record in conference play. They come into this game as the No. 2 seed.
The two teams have played 13 total times with the Chargers owning a 3-8-1 record. This is the first time that the two teams have played in the postseason. The Jimmies are riding a 5-game losing streak to Briar Cliff. The two teams meet again immediately after they finished the regular season against each other with the Chargers winning 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Jimmies hope to catch the Chargers off guard having lost five in a row including the game four days prior to this one.
“I hope so. We have the potential to play with anybody this year. We just have to do it for a full match,” Jimmies head coach Connor Campbell said. “If I was going to put myself in their coach’s shoes, they are probably expecting it to be a similar result and potentially also do similar things to what they did last time, and hopefully they are overlooking us is what I would hope.”
The Jimmies are trying to get to the second round of the conference tournament for the first time since the 2019 season when they won the first round of the GPAC tournament and then lost in the semifinals to Hastings.
With the two teams playing on Saturday, Oct.30, the Jimmies hope that they can use the recent experience to advance to the semi finals.
“I think so yes just because we know what to expect now and we know what we did good and what we did bad so hopefully we can fix some of those errors,” Jimmies forward Diego Valle said.
The Jimmies will use their underdog status to their advantage coming into the game as the lower seed.
“We have nothing to lose, nobody is expecting us to beat them. Not only did they finish second but they finished with just one loss in the conference and so they are on a hot streak and we’re not,” Campbell said. “So, it’s that time of the year though where anything can happen and so all we need to do is to get one win, and then one can turn into two or three and then hopefully a lot more.”
The Jimmies are mentally prepared to come into this game trying to get the win according to Valle.
"I think we are all well prepared as we have had good training sessions," Valle said. "I think everyone is mentally sharp and focused on winning."