Blue Jays Roundup: Soccer fights but injury bug bites against Century
The Jamestown High School soccer and tennis teams were in action on Sept. 15.
In all of 90 seconds, the Jamestown High School boys soccer team lost two of their 11 starters.
Sophomore goalkeeper Grant Lunde came up with a wrist injury after making a sliding save on a Bismarck Century offensive drive On the next set of plays, Henry Yolan went down with a leg injury.
So what’s a coach to do?
Senior captain Jack Paulson took the plunge and strapping on the gloves, he took over in net.
"I told Jack at the beginning of the season that with Ryan (Larson) not being able to play because of his shoulder injury in net, I would have to use him if this happened," JHS head soccer coach Brandi Harty said. "So he was prepared for this.
"It's tough because it happened in the heat of the game and we were beginning to generate more of an attack so to have one of my best field players in net is tough but it's something that we've had to adjust to this year because of the lack of goalkeepers that we have this year."
While Paulson brought the crowd to its feet, with a diving save, the slippery grass and tricky footwork by Brooks Turner caught Paulson unawares. Turner knocked in the game winner from 10 yards out.
Century defeated the Jays 2-1 to move to 4-3-4 in the conference standings. Jamestown dropped to 4-5-2. The Blue Jays will be back on their home field in less than 48 hours as they are slated to take on Williston on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Yolan was responsible for breaking the ice for the second straight game, knocking in a banger off a ball from Jarrett Zalumskis. The goal came in the 20th minute and it gave the Jays just enough energy to keep it scoreless for the final 20 minutes before the halftime break.
"One of the of the things Henry has done this year is show the passion that he has for the soccer," Harty said. "It shows in his play. When he wants to play, he can play so well and so precise. That's what he did (tonight) when he scored that goal. He knew what he was doing. That was good to see. He's a threat."
Jamestown maintained possession for most of the second half and a staunch Blue Jay defense combined with some quick reflexes from Lunde kept Century searching for that elusive first goal.
Kendall Schwengler knotted things up at one goal apiece at the one hour mark.
The Jays outshot the Patriots 6-2 in the first half. Lunde came up with a clean sheet in the first half and only allowed in one in his 68 minutes played. Overall, Century outshot the Jays 8-6.
Century 2, Jamestown 1
BC 0 2 — 2
JHS 1 0 — 1
1. JHS, Henry Yolan (Jarrett Zalumskis), 20th minute.
2. BC, Kendall Schwengler (unassisted), 60th minute; 3. BC, Brooks Turner (unassisted), 73rd miute.
Shots on goal: Century 8; Jamestown 6
Goalkeeper saves: Century 5; Jamestown, Grant Lunde, 6
Records: Century 5-3-4 overall, 4-3-4 WDA; Jamestown 4-5-2, 4-5-2
Lunzman, Fronk get wins, tennis drops to BHS
Things started off great for the Blue Jay tennis team Thursday evening.
Jamestown's No. 1, Mason Lunzman, delivered a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Bismarck High's Tyler Wahl.
Kai Backen suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss at the No. 2 slot but then Max Fronk came out of the woodwork to defeat Roger Karalus 6-0, 6-2 and pick up a win at the No. 3 spot.
That's when the Jays' luck ran out.
BHS took the WDA dual 6-2, handing the Jays losses in four of the six singles spots and both of the doubles frames.
A doubles match featuring Luke LeFevre and Backen was called early due to inclement weather. At the time of the call, the match was tied at one set apiece.
Jamestown will be back at Bolinger Courts on Sept. 22, hosting Bismarck Century. The dual is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
Bismarck High 6, Jamestown 2
No. 1: Mason Lunzman, J def. Tyler Wahl 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: Gabe Hanson, BHS def. Kai Backen 6-2, 6-2
No. 3: Max Fronk, J def. Roger Karalus 6-0, 6-2
No. 4: Trystan Fernandez, BHS def. Luke LeFevre 6-2, 6-4
No. 5: Aidan Ellertson, BHS def. Kane Schmidt 6-4, 6-3
No. 6: Beau Bitz, BHS def. Camron Andersen 7-5, 6-4
No. 1: Wahl/Fernandez, BHS def. Fronk/Lunzman 6-4, 6-0
No. 2: Hanson/Bitz vs. LeFevre/Backen 6-4, 5-6 (Match stopped due to rain.)
No. 3: Karalus/Ellertson, BHS def. Adam Sortland/Schmidt 6-3, 6-1