Jimmies men's soccer looks to end the regular season with a win
The Jimmies defend their home turf in the final regular season game.
The University of Jamestown men’s soccer team looks to end the regular season on a high note when they host Briar Cliff University at the Jimmie Turf Field at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. The Jimmies come into the game with a 6-7-3 overall record and a 4-4-2 record in conference play. The Mustangs come into this game with a 11-5 overall record and a 9-1 record in the GPAC.
The game is senior day for the Jimmies who will be honoring seven players. The players are Aaron Pike, Max Gross, Alex Hamer, Luis Zepeda, Diego Valle, David Frickel, Alex Castillo, and Eric Fairtlough. Since 2007, the Jimmies are 9-4-1 on senior day.
The Jimmies are coming off a hard fought 1-1 tie vs. Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 27. The Mustangs are coming off a 1-0 win over Midland on Oct. 27.
These two teams have played 11 times since 2007 with the Mustangs owning a 7-3-1 record. The Mustangs are currently riding a four game winning streak in the series. The last matchup between these two teams was on Oct.31, 2020, with the Mustangs winning 3-0. The last time the Jimmies won was on Sept.12, 2015, as they came away with a 3-2 double-overtime win.
The Mustangs are a very experienced roster with 26 upperclassmen, including 10 graduate students. The Jimmies have 12 upperclassmen on their roster this season. The difference in upperclassmen in this game will present a challenge to the Jimmies according to head coach Connor Campbell.
“They have a lot of seniors who are using their COVID eligibility and just upperclassmen in general. As a result, they’re used to playing together for 2-3 years where half of our team is new this year,” Campbell said. “They’ll play well together and know how to play with each other, but we’ve gotten to a pretty good spot with that as well.”
Both teams have done enough this season to continue their season past this game, clinching berths in the postseason.
The Jimmies keys to this game according to Campbell are to only control the controllable things in front of them.
“We need to maintain our level of play for the full match and control what we can control,” Campbell said. “I’m sure it’ll be an emotional day given it’s senior day and it’ll be against a competitive team but we just need to focus on doing the little things right.”