The Blue Jay boys soccer team came away with their sixth win of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 3 as the team faced off against Minot.
Head soccer coach Mark Sherfy said he was impressed by his team's energy level to start the game at Jamestown's Rotary Field.
"We started the game a whole lot stronger than our previous game," Sherfy said. "The guys played really well right out of the gate and our game plan was to work on the fundamentals we have been all year. We spent the better part of the first half playing in our attacking half of the field which is where of course we want to play."
Sherfy said it took his team a little bit of time to score the first goal of the match but at 26:29 Matthew Morin found the back of the net for the Jays. The Jays kept their 1-0 lead over the Magicians until Kael Jenison scored in the 34th minute off an assist from Cullin Bennett and the Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead at the half. Sherfy said he was impressed by Morin and Jenison's performance Tuesday night.
"It was a good showing for both of them," Sherfy said. "They both worked real hard and were able to find the back of the net."
Senior forward Jaden Christ has been a powerful weapon on the field for the Jays this season tallying a hat-trick for the Jays last Thursday against Bismarck Legacy. Christ did not score against Minot, but Sherfy said his performance still attracted some attention.
"We talked before the game about the successes (Christ) has had this year and the fact that other teams are probably starting to pay attention to him, and that that can potentially open up opportunities for other guys" Sherfy said.
"(Christ) worked as hard as always ... the thing about him is, even when he's not scoring, he's attracting attention and distracting a defense so the guys playing the more central positions like (Morin) and (Jenison) can find success."
The Jays will be looking for some more success on Saturday as the team heads to Williston to face off against the Coyotes. The Blue Jays faced Williston at the East-West crossover Aug. 16-17. The Jays defeated the newly formed varsity squad 7-1. Sherfy said a one-way five hour bus ride and a couple of matches will make for a long day physically and mentally this weekend, but added he thinks his team will be able to clinch its seventh victory of the season.
"We look for them to find a way that when the whistle blows at two o'clock that they're mentally prepared and there to compete," Sherfy said.