Jimmies women's soccer are facing Columbia in the NAIA tournament

The Jimmies are looking to beat the Cougars for the first time in program history on the biggest stage.

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After falling in the GPAC title game, the University of Jamestown women’s soccer team is heading to Columbia, Missouri, to face off against the Columbia College Cougars on Nov. 18 with the time still to be determined.

The No. 3 seeded Jimmies (18-1-1, 11-0-1) come into this game off a 1-0 overtime loss in the GPAC title game to Briar Cliff University. The No. 2 Cougars (17-3, 9-0) come into this game off a 1-0 win in the AMC title game over Harris-Stowe University.

The other two teams in the Jimmies side of the bracket are the No. 1 seed Central Methodist University and the No. 4 seed Bellevue University.

The Jimmies will make an 11 1/2-hour bus ride to Columbia.

“Bring it on. We’re used to it, we might as well hop in the people mover and go down there since that’s how we’ve traveled all year,” Jimmies head coach Nick Becker said. “We’re used to the driving, so that’s not a problem.”


The Jimmies' loss in the championship game will help fuel them coming into this game, according to forward Kamryn Fiscus.

“I think coming off of a loss was good for us. I think it definitely would’ve been harder for us to win that and continue because that just puts a bigger target on our back," Fiscus said. "I think going into nationals with a loss is actually better for us. It showed us how to lose this year when we hadn’t felt that before. It was definitely hard, but I think coming back from that will be an even greater feeling winning.”

This is the Jimmies first tournament appearance since 2005. The Jimmies were hoping to get an at-large bid in the 2021 tournament after losing in the championship game to Concordia, however, they did not.

The two teams have played twice before with the Cougars owning a 2-0 record over the Jimmies. The last time the teams played was on Aug. 31, 2018, with the Jimmies falling 1-0.

Despite the challenges that the Cougars present to the Jimmies, the team is confident coming in.

“I think that everybody here on out, it is anybody’s game,” Fiscus said. “We just gotta go out and play our game and I definitely think that they are beatable.”

My name is Max O'Neill. I am the Sports Lead at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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