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Demons net four goals in win over Jamestown
Two days after opening the season with a 2-2 tie against Minot, West Region favorite Bismarck High got into the win column with a 4-1 win over Jamestown Thursday at the Bismarck Community Bowl.
Ethan Stotz opened the scoring in the first half and Mason Stotz ended it in the second as the Demons remained unbeaten on the season by handing Jamestown its first loss.
It could have been worse -- or a little closer had either team took advantage of all their chances.
Jamestown keeper Jay Kupitz made 15 of his 21 saves in the second half as the Demons attacked into a steady wind.
“We’re not the fastest so trying to play over the top or direct balls is not our style,” Bismarck coach Andy Foss said. “All preseason and in our crossover games, we worked on building our attacks and getting our numbers forward. That’s something we have to focus on and make sure we get our quality opportunities.”
Foss wasn’t thrilled with his team despite a three-goal first half that gave Bismarck a 3-1 lead at the break.
“We were trying but it wasn’t a very clean half,” Foss said. “It wasn’t our best half, but give credit to Jamestown, they were flying around and making it difficult for us to find penetrating passes.”
Nevertheless, Bismarck wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Playing with a steady 20-mile-per-hour wind at their back, the Demons kept the early pressure on the Jays’ defense.
A corner kick and second shot were stopped by Kupitz, but the keeper’s second clear went straight to Ethan Stotz about 12 yards out and Stotz hammered it home 3:53 into the half. The goal was unassisted.
Eleven minutes later, Rodrigue Mugisha scored on an assist by Wilfried Tanefeu. Mugisha was unmarked when he took a centering pass and ripped a shot past Kupitz for a 2-0 lead.
Jamestown tightened up defensively and kept the Demons from adding to the lead despite several corner kicks.
Finally, with just more than two minutes left in the half, Isaac Barth scored unassisted on a nifty outside foot flip into the right corner to make it 3-0.
Not satisfied going into the half down three, the Jays counter-attacked off the kickoff. It took the Jays less than a minute to get on the board. With 1:30 left in the half, Jamestown was on the attack when Demons’ keeper Easton Ford came out of the goal to play the ball and Jaden Christ worked around Ford and scored an easy goal with an assist to Luca Flann.
Flann nearly pulled Jamestown within one with a ringing shot that hit the crossbar nine minutes into the second half. But opportunities were few for the Jays while Bismarck kept up the pressure.
With nine minutes left, Mason Stotz split the defense straight up the middle of the field and scored the game’s final goal. The Demons put several more shots on goal down the stretch but Kupitz kept making stops.
“We weren’t composed in our attack, we were getting flustered but again give credit to Jamestown. They were organized and they were strong and they made us work for everything,” Foss said. “We have to make sure we’re maintaining a high level of focus.”
Will Kincaid - Bismarck Tribune