On a miserable evening to play soccer, the University of Jamestown soccer teams swept Mount Marty College at the Jimmie turf field on Wednesday.
The UJ women's team was prepared for the adverse conditions, having practiced in the brisk morning air all week. Unrelenting wind and rain accentuated the game-time temperature of 40 degrees.
The Jimmies cruised by the final of 2-1, improving to 6-5 overall and 5-1 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play.
"We knew it was going to be cold, either rain or snow," said UJ freshman midfielder Kamryn Fiscus. "We practiced in the morning all week to prepare for the cold weather. We encouraged each other to help us get through it."
Fiscus scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 31st minute, which put the home team ahead 2-0 at the half. Fiscus, a true freshman from Yakima, Washington, has started in all 11 matches played so far this fall for the Jimmies and UJ women's soccer coach Nick Becker, tallying two goals and a pair of assists.
"It's exciting," Fiscus said. "The girls are great and the environment. I Iove soccer and it's great to actually contribute."
Senior midfielder Gabriella Diarte placed her third goal of the season into the mesh in the 6th minute, handing the Jimmies an early 1-0 advantage. UJ outshot the Lancers 4-1 on goal before the break and 8-2 in the match.
"Mentally we try to tell them that we train in this stuff, too, so it shouldn't be any different," Becker said. "But you've got to prepare them for games like this."
Mount Marty's Kenyonique Thompson got behind the Jimmie defense in the 50th minute, scoring her fourth goal of the fall. The Jimmies were unable to cash in on numerous attempts offensively in the second half, which included a Holly Swan goal being disallowed in the 83rd minute due to offsides.
"We made a simple mistake, but we're young and we've got to learn," Becker said on allowing the Thompson goal. "It should've been a lot more than 2-1. It's kinda disappointing but a win's a win."
UJ women's and men's soccer is scheduled to host Providence University College (Manitoba, Canada) tomorrow at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Snow is forecasted all day Thursday.
"The physical plant is ready to clear (the field) off if we need to," Becker said.
UJ 3, Mount Marty 0
UJ's Aaron Pike tallied a team-leading fifth goal during the Jimmie men's 3-0 shutout over the Lancers. The sophomore forward from Milton Keynes, England, was a tad chilly following the match, as the nighttime air temperature dipped to 38 degrees.
"It's cold," Pike said. "My feet are frozen and I need to go get warmed."
Pike followed up a Karl Gatiramu goal in the 33rd minute with a strike into the Mount Marty net in the 61st. JJ Mowrey finished Jamestown's scoring in the 74th, as sophomore midfielder Diego Valle assisted on Gatiramu's and Mowrey's tallies.
Pike has now produced eight goals and three assists in two seasons for the Jimmies, as UJ (4-6, 2-3 GPAC) picked up its first victory in 21 days.
"It means a lot for the team," Pike said of the victory. "We've got a new team, a young team. We're just trying to get together and get the chemistry right. As the season goes on in the conference we'll get the wins."
The Jimmies had lost three straight conference games since defeating Presentation College 6-4 on Sept. 18. UJ dominated play Wednesday, outfiring the Lancers 10-1 on shots on goal, but the Jimmies did miss a pair of penalty kicks.
"It was huge," UJ men's soccer coach Tommy Nienhaus said of the win. "Woulda liked to have scored those two penalties, but obviously we're going to take a win."
University of Jamestown 3, Mount Marty College 0
MM 0 0 -- 0
UJ 1 2 -- 3
1. UJ, Karl Gatiramu (Diego Valle), 33rd minute; 2. UJ, Aaron Pike (unassisted), 61st; 3. UJ, JJ Mowrey (Valle), 74th.
Goalkeeper saves: MM, Gabriel Ivlev 4-3--7. UJ, Jake Askew 0-1--1.
Yellow cards: UJ, Jacob Grosvenor 65th. MM, Kayke Lisboa 78th.
Records: Jamestown 4-6, 2-3 GPAC. Mount Marty 3-7, 2-4.
University of Jamestown 2, Mount Marty College 1
MM 0 1 -- 1
UJ 2 0 -- 2
1. UJ, Gabriella Diarte (unassisted), 6th minute; 2. UJ, Kamryn Fiscus (unassisted), 31st; 3. MM, Kenyoniquie Thompson (unassisted), 50th.
Goalkeeper saves: MM, Consuelo Michel 2-6--8. UJ, Alex Nowka 1-X--1, Deisy Rodriguez X-0--0.
Records: Jamestown 6-5, 5-1 GPAC. Mount Marty 3-4, 2-4.