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Blue Jay Roundup: Soccer delivers in high-pressure situation Thursday

The Jamestown High School soccer team held Bismarck Century to a tie on Thursday evening.

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Jamestown's Jarrett Zalumskis (9) heads a ball during a game against Bismarck Century on Aug. 25. The Jays and Patriots wound up in a 2-2 tie after 80 minutes.
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JAMESTOWN — When looking at the Blue Jays 2022 soccer schedule, Jamestown High School head coach Brandi Harty mentally noted the team's tilt against Bismarck Century on Aug. 25 as "a big deal."

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"This game will decide if we do want to contend for the top-three spots," Harty said in an interview following her team's 3-0 win over Dickinson on Aug. 23.

"We can play with (Century) but now with Conner (Traut's) injury we have to piece some things together and make do and it will be tougher because we are playing on turf."

The Jays might have been facing some obstacles but on Thursday they proved it will take more than injuries and a faster pace of play to take them out of top-three contention.

Harty's squad erased a 2-0 second half deficit to earn a tie against the Patriots. Jamestown's record now stands at 2-1-1 in conference play. The team will be back on the road on Saturday for a road matchup against Williston. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Jamestown entered the halftime break only down by one but less than a minute into the second half, Kaiden Campbell booted one past Grant Lunde to give the Patriots a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Jamestown came roaring back with Iddi Ramadhahi scoring his first career goal as a Blue Jay off an assist from Ashton Stockert.

About 10 minutes after scoring, Ramadhahi floated a ball out to Ian Lere and with a head banger, Lere knocked in the corner kick.

The Jays managed to keep the Patriots out of the goal for the remaining 17 minutes.

Lunde came up with 11 saves on his 13 shots faced. The Jays and Patriots were pretty evenly matched in terms of shots with the Jays producing 14 and Century putting 13 on target.

Jamestown 2, Century 2

JHS 0 2 — 2

CEN 1 1 — 2

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Scoring

First half

1. CEN, Brooks Turner (unassisted), 14th minute.

Second half

2. CEN, Kaiden Campbell (unassisted), 41st minute; JHS, Iddi Ramadhahi (Ashton Stockert), 53rd minute; 3. JHS, Ian Lere (Ramadhahi), 63rd minute.

Shots on goal: Jamestown 14, Century 13

Goalkeeper saves: Jamestown, Grant Lunde, 11; Century, Brayden Underhill, 12

Records: Jamestown 2-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 WDA; Century 3-0-1, 2-0-1

Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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