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Demons blank Blue Jays in West soccer
Tuesday night’s boys’ soccer double-header at the Bismarck Community Bowl featured yet another night of competitive action.
The Bismarck Demons opened the evening in search of their third victory of the season against the Jamestown Blue Jays. It was a defensive battle for most of the night, but a late-first half goal by Demons defenseman Bryce Nybo was enough to earn Bismarck a 1-0 regional win.
The vast majority of the first half was controlled by the Demons, but the Blue Jays were able to get loose early in the game for a potential scoring attempt. Bismarck’s defense broke down roughly five minutes into the game, giving Blue Jays midfielder Braden Sherfy an opportunity to sever the early 0-0 tie.
Bismarck goalkeeper Derek Wachter, who finished the night with 11 saves, managed to get himself out in front of a sliding Sherfy, keeping the score knotted for the time being.
The Demons, who mounted continuous scoring chances against Blue Jays goalkeeper Adam Reiten, were able to get into the Jamestown defensive zone for multiple strong scoring opportunities. Most of these chances came on corner kick attempts, which Bismarck was unable to capitalize early on in the game.
With less than five minutes to play in the first half, the Demons finally broke through to score what would prove to be the lone goal of the night.
Forward Hunter Johnson launched a perfect corner kick into the Jamestown box, setting up a header opportunity. Nybo, sitting in perfect position, chipped the shot past Reiten and into the back of the net to give Bismarck a 1-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Not a whole lot changed in the second half, as Bismarck continued to dominate the game offensively. Reiten, who finished the night with 14 saves, played strong in net for Jamestown and kept the Blue Jays in the game from start-to-finish.
“Well, we were really ambitious with our chances,” Bismarck head coach Andy Foss said. “We have to work to get better, high-quality chances. We just have to stay disciplined, stay patient and look for better opportunities.
“Anytime we have to force the keeper to make a save it’s a good opportunity. We’ll give some credit to the keeper, but we want to continue to create more high-quality opportunities.”
Sophomore Tresor Mugwaneza, who headed the Bismarck attack for much of the second half, engineered a couple of strong scoring opportunities, but ultimately fire two attempts over the top of the cross bar.
“Overall, I think we just tried to make it too complicated,” Foss said. “Our goal was to play a little more simple. I don’t think we did that, but part of the reason is because Jamestown took us out of the game; they are a good team, and good teams will force you to do things you aren’t used to doing.
“Give credit to them, they played well tonight, but I think we just have to get back to basics a little bit and just play simple soccer.”