One simply doesn't bend a soccer ball into the far corner of the goal from a contested 23 yards. It takes a little practice.
Jamestown High School's Luca Flann put his practice on display Friday at Rotary Field. The captain midfielder arced a high, majestic goal from outside the penalty area and into the far corner of the net, picking up his second tally against Fargo Shanley in the annual East/West Crossover. The Blue Jays rolled 3-1 over the Deacons with Flann's final beauty coming in the 59th minute.
"Repetition," Flann explained. "It's not just gonna happen, you have to keep practicing. You have to keep doing it over and over again."
Jamestown will be hoping Flann can keep scoring over and over again in 2019. Finally a senior, the Blue Jays' stocky mid went without a goal during Jamestown's 2-11-1 campaign last season, after burying four goals for the Blue Jays as a sophomore.
Friday's showing was exactly the type of display Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy was hoping for after placing Flann in a more offensive-minded position this fall. Flann has been flipped in the midfield from defensive in 2018 to box-to-box.
"I'm really pleased with the way the guys put it together today," Sherfy said. "First match of the season, you're not sure what you're going to get for the full 80 (minutes), but they played hard and they gave us a great match."
Senior left wing Jaden Christ broke the seal in 6th minute with an unassisted goal, handing the Blue Jays an early 1-0 advantage. Flann, with an assist from senior Matt Morin, scored the game-winner 16 minutes later.
Shanley would get one back before the half. A whistler from the top of the penalty area fired in by senior back Owen Mears ricocheted off the hands of Blue Jay goalkeeper Jay Kuptiz and into the net in the 30th.
Kupitz, however, made eight saves in the first half and 10 in the match. Shanley cruised 5-0 over Jamestown in last season's East/West clash.
"He had his hands on it," Sherfy said of Kupitz's near save. "It tipped up over his fingertips, but he was really solid. Obviously, the guys trust him a lot."
Fitness came into play after the break, especially for Flann, who missed out on summer action with his teammates.
"I would, like, sprint, and then I would just stop," Flann laughed. "The rest of our team, they're in a lot better shape than I am."
"They were tired," Sherfy added. "They've only been training with us for two weeks, but a lot of these guys came in in pretty good shape."
Jamestown (1-0-0) will wrap up East-West play tomorrow (Saturday) facing Williston at 3:30 p.m.
"It starts out 0-0 again," Sherfy said. "We've got to get right back to it and see what we can do."
East/West Boys Soccer Crossover
Jamestown 3, Fargo Shanley 1
Fargo Shanley 1 0 -- 1
Jamestown 2 1 -- 3
1. J, Jaden Christ (unassisted), 6th minute; 2. J, Luca Flann (Matt Morin), 22nd; 3. FS, Owen Mears (unassisted), 30th.
4. J, Flann (unassisted), 59th.
Goalkeeper saves: FS, Cole Jaeger 2-1--3. J, Jay Kupitz 8-2--10.
Jamestown 3, Fargo Shanley 1.
West Fargo 2, Bismarck Century 0.
West Fargo 2, Minot 1.
Fargo Davies 1, Minot 0.
Bismarck Century 3, Fargo Davies 1.
Bismarck vs. Fargo North, 11 a.m., Heil Field.
Mandan vs. Grand Forks Central, 11 a.m., Rotary Field.
Williston vs. GF Red River, Heil Field, 12:30 p.m.
Jamestown JV vs. Dickinson, Rotary Field, 12:30 p.m.
Bismarck vs. GF Red River, 2 p.m., Heil Field.
Mandan vs. Fargo North, 2 p.m., Rotary Field.
Jamestown vs. Williston, 3:30 p.m., Rotary Field.