Minot High School forward Noah Schmidt showcased his playmaking ability in the first half Tuesday night at Rotary Field in Jamestown.
The junior assisted on two first-half goals and scored another in the second half as the Magicians defeated the Blue Jays 7-0 in a West Region contest.
"I thought there were moments where I thought we played really well, but there were also moments where we switched off mentally," said Minot coach Creighton Bachmeier. "We have to continue grinding out 80 minutes."
Schmidt's first assist came off a goal in the fourth minute when the junior's shot deflected off Blue Jay goalkeeper Jay Kupitz, who tripped on the play, and Jordin Lennon cleaned up the opening tally. Seven minutes later, another Schmidt-Lennon combination happened to double up Minot's lead.
"He's incredibly dynamic," Bachmeier said of Schmidt. "Noah is one of the most dynamic players with his feet in the state.
"We continue to preach to him the spatial awareness when it comes to the defensive line we're going against," the coach added. "He's just got to be smarter in some key areas, but it's coming and it's fun to coach him."
Minot took a 2-0 lead into halftime but Schmidt scored the third goal two minutes after the break, which sparked a five-goal, 14-shot second half to allow the Magicians to pull away from Jamestown.
"We needed to respond a little better in the second half," Bachmeier said. "Not that we didn't play well, but soccer isn't all about skill. It's also about passion, grit, toughness and we need to bring that every single night."
The Blue Jays, who've struggled all year of meshing as a team, were held without a shot in the first half but managed six over the final 40 minutes.
"The reason we keep giving away games 6-0, 7-0 is we haven't advanced as a team," said Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy. "We're halfway through a season, we haven't progressed and we need to."
Junior Luca Flann put the first Blue Jay shot on frame in the 46th minute off a try from distance. Kael Jenison produced the other shot on goal in the 60th minute.
"Luca does a tremendous job at center midfield," Bachmeier said. "He's an all-American workhorse."
Jamestown will travel to the Bismarck Community Bowl to face Century this Saturday at 4 p.m. for the second time this season. The Patriots prevailed 8-0 on Aug. 21.
"When you play a team the second time, you always want to play better than the first," Sherfy said. "We want to have a better second half of the season than the first."
Minot 7, Jamestown 0
MHS 2 5 -- 7
JHS 0 0 -- 0
1. M, Jordin Lennon (Noah Schmidt), 4th minute; 2. M, Lennon (Schmidt), 17th.
3. M, Schmidt (Unassisted), 42nd; 4. M, Kameron Foley (Jaden Francis), 61st; 5. Walter Markle (Unassisted), 67th; 6. Foley (Unassisted), 70th; 7. Cameron Bolinske (Francis), 78th.
Shots: J, 0-6--6. M, 14-11--25.
Saves: J, Jay Kupitz 5-1--6. M, Braden Coachran 0-2--2
Records: Jamestown 1-6-1. Minot 3-3-0.