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Demons blank JHS in soccer

9/30/15 (Wed)

The Jamestown High School boys soccer team didn't make many mistakes on Tuesday night, but the few they did make were costly.

A miscommunication led to a Bismarck High goal early in the second half, and the Demons rode that nearly all the way to the end in a 2-0 West Region victory at Rotary Field.

"It was a nail-biter for a while," said Bismarck senior Hunter Johnson, who broke away for the game's second goal with 12 seconds left after Jamestown had decided to play up. "Jamestown has really stepped it up with their defense. They're able to shut people down and take care of the ball. I thought we took control of the game and possessed the ball a little more."

The ball deflected off the hands of Jamestown keeper Adam Reiten in the eighth minute after halftime, and senior John Ndabunguye swiftly sank the first goal.


"The ball got into a no-man zone in the box and there was a miscommunication," Jamestown coach Mark Sherfy said. "One of their players jumped on it and knocked it in."

Said Johnson: "Once we scored that goal, it really got us pumped up to score another and keep us going. After that, it changed the whole game."

It was a busy night for Reiten, who otherwise played outstanding. He finished with eight saves, making at least two diving stops that prevented Bismarck goals.

"Adam played an awesome game," Sherfy said. "He had some amazing saves that kept us in it. Everybody worked hard. They played the game the way we told them they needed to play."


Jamestown put the pressure on over the final 10 minutes with multiple chances, but the Blue Jays were never able to hook up for a clear shot on goal, though Levi Donegan-Wahl had a hard kick stopped by Bismarck keeper Derek Wachter with 11 minutes to play. Wachter had four saves.

"We had enough scoring opportunities to win this game," Sherfy said. "We put the ball across the box and in the box a number of times. We couldn't quite get the right touch on the field. We knew it was gonna be a tough game with BHS, and they came out on top."

Bismarck (7-2-1 region, 9-4-1 overall) bumped its point total up to 15 with the win, holding down No. 2 in the West Region.

Jamestown (4-5-1, 9, 5-7-3) has two games remaining in the regular season. The Blue Jays host Mandan on Thursday and Bismarck Legacy next Tuesday.

Bismarck 2, Jamestown 0

Second half: 1, B, John Ndabunguye (unassisted), 47:24. 2, B, Hunter Johnson (unassisted), 79:48.


Goalkeeper saves: B, Derek Wachter 1-3--4. J, Adam Reiten 4-4--8.

Records: Bismarck 7-2-1 West Region (15 pts), 9-4-1 overall. J 4-5-1 (9), 5-7-3.



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