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Rudnick leads Jays to Senior Night win

Peyton Rudnick was unable to control the emotion following her final match at Jamestown High School's Rotary Soccer Field on Friday night. It truly was the all-state forward's night. Rudnick, the lone senior on this year's JHS girls soccer team, ...

Jamestown's Peyton Rudnick controls the ball in front of Bismarck Legacy's Isabella Brown on Friday at Rotary Soccer Field. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Jamestown's Peyton Rudnick controls the ball in front of Bismarck Legacy's Isabella Brown on Friday at Rotary Soccer Field. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Peyton Rudnick was unable to control the emotion following her final match at Jamestown High School's Rotary Soccer Field on Friday night.

It truly was the all-state forward's night. Rudnick, the lone senior on this year's JHS girls soccer team, scored unassisted in the 77th minute to help the Blue Jays walk off the pitch with a 3-1 victory over Bismarck Legacy on Senior Night.

"This was my final game on this field," smiled Rudnick, brushing away tears. "Especially since it was Senior Night, we wanted to end big."

The Blue Jays and the Sabers were tied 1-1 at the half, but following what must have proved to be a solid speech by JHS head coach Brandi Harty at the break the Jays dominated the second 40 minutes. Freshman Hannah Murchie broke the tie unassisted in the 72nd, with Rudnick's backbreaker to follow five minutes later.

"We started out very slow and (Legacy) was starting to run the game," Rudnick said. "So we were told to go back out there and finish the game as hard as we could."

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Murchie, with a pair of assists on the season, broke through for her first goal of the season. Rudnick upped her season tally to 13, in a match Jamestown outshot the competition 16-4. JHS junior goalkeeper Meredith Walker came up with a trio of saves.

"It was a really nice win for this team," Harty said. "One thing that we did tonight is we struggled a little bit of playing just soccer in the first half ... and in the second half we started to connect a little better. It was nice for them to finish strong and finish with a win."

Haley Nelson kept her current offensive form hot, scoring just two minutes into the game. The freshman scored twice in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Mandan. Legacy's Skye Hertel tied the action 10 minutes before the half with an unassisted goal.

The Blue Jays are at Minot today. A victory would hand Jamestown the fifth seed for the upcoming West Region tournament, keeping Jamestown out of Tuesday's play-in contest.

Bismarck defeated Bismarck St. Mary's 1-0 on Friday night, opening the door for the Jays to jump over the Saints in the standings with a victory over the Majettes.

Minot defeated Jamestown 8-1 in the Blue Jays' first action of the season on April 5. But much has changed since then, with Minot dropping two of its last five. Minot defeated Century 3-0 on Friday night.

"I don't want to say they've had a dip in their play, but like a lot of other teams it's the end of the season and it's starting to catch up with us," Harty said. "It's tough to play in Minot, it really is. So we're going to have a big test ahead of us tomorrow."

Rudnick's senior season is far from over. She believes the Blue Jays can run it's current streak to 3-0 today.

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"If we play our game, we might be able to," Rudnick said.

The West Region tournament play-in game is Tuesday in Mandan. The one-day tournament begins in Mandan on Thursday.

Jamestown 3, Bismarck Legacy 1

BL 1 0 -- 1

JHS 1 2 -- 3

1. J, Haley Nelson (Breanna Oettle) 2nd minute; 2. BL, Skye Hertel, 30th; 3. J, Hannah Murchie, 72nd; 4. J, Peyton Rudnick, 77th.

Goalkeeper saves: BL, Brooke Binegar 13; J, Meredith Walker 3.

Records: Jamestown 3-7-2, 3-7-1 West Region. Legacy 1-13-0, 1-11-0.

Related Topics: JAMESTOWN BLUE JAYS
Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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