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STATEMENT WIN: Blue Jays breeze past Patriots

Jamestown High School would normally point to moral victories following a match against Bismarck Century in girls soccer. That didn't happen on Thursday night at Rotary Field. Jamestown senior midfielder Maggie Ridley opened the scoring in the 28...

Jamestown's Emily Reiten (25) dribbles through three Bismarck Century defenders during Thursday night's game at Rotary Field. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Emily Reiten (25) dribbles through three Bismarck Century defenders during Thursday night's game at Rotary Field. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School would normally point to moral victories following a match against Bismarck Century in girls soccer.

That didn't happen on Thursday night at Rotary Field.

Jamestown senior midfielder Maggie Ridley opened the scoring in the 28th minute, and the Blue Jays soared 3-0 over the Patriots. It was Ridley's first action of the season for Jamestown.

"We work a lot in practice, so I still felt good and conditioned," Ridley said. "It was really awesome to score that goal and help the team. The monkey's off our back now."

The year's group of eight senior starters and fourth-year head coach Mike Schulz had never experienced a victory over the Patriots. Century claimed their eighth state championship last season.

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"We've been building this team for a long time, and Century was really the last team in the West that we had yet to get a positive outcome against," Schulz said, as the Blue Jays moved to 3-0. "So to come out here and play like we did was great."

It was a team victory. The Jamestown defense and senior goalie Haley Hillstrom (two saves) posted a second shutout in three matches to start the season.

Sophomore Peyton Rudnick scored her third goal of the year off an assist from junior Megan Gaffaney in the 54th minute. Senior Alexa Kudrna put the game away with 11 minutes left in the second half with her first tally of the spring, assisted by Rudnick.

"We're pumped," Kudrna said. "We're feeling pretty good about our season so far. We know what we gotta do to win.

"But we can't get it into our heads that we're just going to beat every team. We still gotta work hard-work together-just like we've been doing."

Century fell to 0-1-1 after playing to a 1-1 draw against Bismarck St. Mary's last week. The Patriots graduated nine seniors and seven of eight all-conference athletes.

"I think overall speed was a big difference, and you could tell (the Blue Jays) were prepared. They were ready to go," first-year Century coach Ryan Okerson said. "We've got plenty of talent coming up, and as these girls start to play together I think they're going to get much, much better as the season moves on."

Jamestown's three victories to start the season have came against teams that finished at the top of last year's table. Century was the defending region champs, while Minot, which Jamestown defeated 4-1, finished second to the Jays.

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The Blue Jays now hit the road to face Bismarck next Thursday and Mandan on April 25.

"Obviously, you can't ask for a better start. We definitely set ourselves up in good position to hit that road trip," Schulz said. "But every game we're going to have to bring our best."

Jamestown 3, Century 0

Century 0 0 -- 0

Jamestown 1 2 -- 3

SCORING

FIRST HALF: 1. J, Maggie Ridley (unassisted), 27:19.

SECOND HALF: 2. J, Peyton Rudnick (Megan Gaffaney), 53:29; 3. J, Alexa Kudrna (Rudnick), 68:05.

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GOALKEEPER SAVES: C, Talia Salinas 1-3--4; J, Haley Hillstrom 2-0--2.

CORNER KICKS: C, 6-1--7; J, 3-2--5.

FOULS: C, 4-6--10; J, 7-5--12.

RECORDS: Jamestown 3-0; Century 0-1-1.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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