Nicole Morrison and the University of Jamestown women's soccer team exercised authority early on Thursday in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Jimmies hung three goals on the scoreboard in less than 14 minutes facing the Dordt University Defenders, and Morrison's third tally of the season was the meat to the offensive sandwich. Jamestown cruised to a decisive 3-0 victory that carried with it important playoff implications for the orange and black.
"We set out just a couple of specific goals for our front line and our two 10s, and we were really able to stick to the game plan which led us to score those early goals," said Morrison, a senior forward form Idaho Falls.
UJ freshman midfielder Kamryn Fiscus tied the team lead in goals scored with her fourth tally of the fall striking the mesh barely two minutes in. Morrison then booted one past Dordt goalkeeper DeLynne Zevenbergen eight minutes later, and a Ryley Bedard penalty kick completed the afternoon's scoring just 13 minutes, 24 seconds into the match.
In less time than it takes to drive to the grocery store, the Jimmies (9-6, 7-2 GPAC) had buried the Defenders (10-5-1, 7-2-1).
"Our game plan was to kinda counter through that space with a bigger type of ball and I think they executed it basically three times in a row, plus we had another goal called back," said UJ women's soccer coach Nick Becker. "The girls definitely did their job of executing on a counter-attack into that space and that's what led to the goals."
The Jimmies packed up the win defensively, something that has lately developed into a strength. Jamestown is 4-1 over its last five matches and has out-paced the opposition 12-2 on the scoreboard.
The clean sheet was Jamestown's fifth of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Nowka made three saves in the winning effort, as UJ placed 10 shots on goal to Dordt's three.
"Our younger players are doing a better job of not making those mental mistakes of maybe chesting a ball down in the box rather than heading it out," Becker said of UJ's defensive third. "I think that's part of it. The other part is we've kinda switched some players around a little bit and I think they know who's playing beside them and understanding their roles.
"I think they're gelling a lot better. It's definitely got better the last two weeks."
Bedard's early penalty was the sophomore mid's fist goal of 2019, giving Jamestown 14 goal scorers and counting.
"It's kinda nice to have so much variety, not just relying on one person," Morrison said. "Just having everyone get a chance to score is really great."
Jamestown solidified its standing inside the Great Plains Athletic Conference's top four teams with three matches to play. The Jimmies are tied with 12th-ranked Hastings in third with 21 points, while 17th-ranked Midland University (24 points) and Dordt (22) sit 1-2, respectively.
The top four teams will host a GPAC tournament quarterfinal match on Nov. 7.
The Jimmies play at seventh-place Concordia University on Saturday before closing the regular season hosting Northwestern College and Doane University next week. Northwestern and Briar Cliff are both three points back of Jamestown and Hastings in the battle to host a playoff game, while Doane has just one conference victory.
Dordt and Northwestern both have matches yet to play vs. Hastings and Midland.
"They definitely gotta play a tougher schedule than what we've got left, but at the end of the day any of those teams we're playing coming up here can beat us," Becker said. "We gotta make sure we do our job and hopefully we control our own destiny: win our games and we can host."
Briar Cliff has matches vs. College of Saint Mary, Mount Marty and Morningside, all winnable games for the Chargers on paper. The Jimmies played Concordia (4-9-2 overall), Saturday's opponent, to a 1-1 draw last season.
"We're feeling pretty good, but it'll be a tough game on Saturday," Morrison said. "We'll just have to stick to the game plan and hope for a win."
University of Jamestown 3, Dordt University 0
UJ 3 0 -- 3
DU 0 0 -- 0
Scoring 1. UJ, Kamryn Fiscus, 3rd minute; 2. UJ, Nicole Morrison, 11th; 3. UJ, Ryley Beard, PK, 14th.
Goalkeeper saves: UJ, Alex Nowka 1-2--3 DU, DeLynne Zevenbergen 2-3--5; Karlee Kuyvenhoven 1-X--1.
Records: Jamestown 9-6, 7-2 GPAC. Dordt 10-5-1, 7-2-1.
Jimmies scoreless in Iowa
While the University of Jamestown women's team came away with a win on Thursday the UJ men's soccer team earned its first tie of the season at Dordt University.
UJ had more opportunities to score in the double-overtime match than Dordt but neither team found the back of the net.
The Jimmies had an 8-7 advantage in shots in the first half as well as a 4-3 lead in corner kicks. UJ kept the edge into the second half 10-7 and outshot the Defenders on target 4-3. Dordt took 17 shots on goal with six on target while Jamestown ended the match with 25 total shots, nine of which were on target. The Jimmies' goalkeeper Alex Hamer recorded five saves while Dordt's Seth Lewison kept the nine on target balls out of the net.
UJ will be back in action on Saturday at Concordia University (NE). The match is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
University of Jamestown 0, Dordt University 0
UJ 0 0 0 0 (2OT) -- 0
DU 0 0 0 0 (2OT) -- 0
Goalkeeper saves: UJ, Alex Hamer 5 DU, Seth Lewison 9.
Records: Jamestown 6-7-1, 3-4-1 GPAC. Dordt 3-10-3, 1-6-2 GPAC.