Jimmies women's soccer look to clinch No.1 seed vs. Briar Cliff
The Jimmies are hoping to clinch the No.1 seed in the GPAC tournament.
It all comes down to this. The number one seed in the GPAC tournament is on the line as the University of Jamestown women’s soccer team hosts Briar Cliff University at the Jimmie Turf Field at 1 p.m. on Oct. 30. The Jimmies enter this game with a 16-0 overall record and a 11-0 record in conference play. The Mustangs enter the game with a 12-2 overall record and a 10-1 record in the GPAC.
The Jimmies are in first in the GPAC, by a game over the second place Mustangs coming into this game.
The Jimmies are coming off a 2-1 win over Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 27. The Mustangs are coming off a 2-0 loss to Midland on Oct.27.
These two teams have played 11 times since 2005 with the Jimmies owning a 6-4-1 record. The last time these two teams played was earlier this year on Apr.6 when the Jimmies won 1-0. The only goal in the win was scored by Autumn Opperud.
The Jimmies are riding a streak that has seen them record five shutouts in their last seven games. During that stretch, they have outscored their opponents 16-3.
This season, the Jimmies have had a player be named a GPAC player of the week four times, including most recently goalie Alex Nowka being named the defensive player of the week for the week of Oct.19-24.
“I think everybody is performing and doing their job,” Jimmies head coach Nick Becker said. “I think the Xs and Os part is something that is important and so the offense has to do their job and score goals and the defense has to get shutouts. I think we’re doing a decent job of all of that.”
This season, the Jimmies are led by Cassandra Diaz’s 13 goals and 29 points. Kamryn Fiscus leads the team in assists with 11. In net, they are led by Nowka who has a 0.63 goals against average and an .825 save percentage.
This season, the Mustangs are led by Taylor Alkie’s 12 goals and 28 points. Their leading assist getter is Flor Suarez who has 8 assists and 20 points. In net, they are led by Darrien Sclafani's 1.08 goals against average and .689 save percentage.
“I think they have some really dangerous attacking players and we are going to have to keep that pace,” Becker said. “They have the conference player of the year from last year (Suarez) and they have a player who has double-digit goals. So, we’re going to have to keep them at bay.”
The Jimmies are trying to capture their first regular-season conference crown since 2005. The Mustangs are attempting to capture back-to-back conference titles after previously winning the GPAC in 2020.