Jamestown News
Sat, Nov. 17, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
The Jimmies are headed to Alabama for more NAIA Tournament after the 1-0 win vs Rocky
The Jimmies are headed to Alabama for more NAIA Tournament after the 1-0 win vs Rocky

In Billings, Montana, the Jamestown College men's soccer team won 1 - 0 over Rocky Mountain College.

Jade Johnson (West Fargo, ND) finished off a George Gauld assist from a difficult angle with 19 minutes left in the first half for the only goal of the match.

Jimmie goalie Thomas Cooke earned his second consecutive shutout and seventh overall for the season.

The Battlin' Bears had beaten the Jimmies twice.

On October 7 in Jamestown, Rocky won 3-1.

On October 28 in Billings, the Battlin' Bears nipped the Jimmies 2-1 in double overtime.

However, the third time was the charm as the 24th ranked Jimmies scored 1, while 20th ranked Rocky netted 0.

The Jimmies improve to 16-4-1 after their first ever NAIA Tournament win in their first ever NAIA Tournament match.

This is only the sixth year for Jimmie men's soccer.

Coach Phillip Bohn is in his fourth year as coach of the Jimmies and the Jimmies have improved each season - two wins in 2009, eight wins (and three ties) in 2010, eleven wins in 2011, and the 16-4-1 record this season.

Rocky's 2012 season will end with a 13-3-2 record despite outshooting Jamestown 16-7 with shots on goal.

JC keeper Thomas Cooke hauled in 10 saves.

Rocky held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

 

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Last week the Jimmies won the A.I.I. (Association of Independent Institutions) Championship Tournament in California.

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Sixteen opening round teams will head to Alabama, including Jamestown College.

The 54th annual NAIA National Championship presented by Carrabba's Italian Grill will take place at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala.

Second round matches begin on Nov. 26, with the national championship final to be contested on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. CST.

Here is the NAIA Tournament Bracket: 

Bracket for NAIA National Tournament

 

The bracket indicates that the Jimmies will play #2 Auburn Montgomery on Monday, November 26, at 6:30 pm CST.

Auburn Montgomery (17-3-2) beat Florida Memorial (8-11-1) by a score of 7 to 0 on Saturday.

Rocky had been given the #15 seed and played Jamestown.

In the NAIA final ratings poll, Auburn Montgomery was actually ranked sixth in the voting.

In the final modified RPI poll, Jamestown was 28th, while Auburn was #2.

Rocky Mountain College was rated 19th by the modified RPI.

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The following article is courtesy of Dave Selvig, Jamestown Sun, Monday 11/19/12

Close matches between Jamestown College and Rocky Mountain are nothing new.

The stakes were much higher Saturday, however, and this time it went to the Jimmies.

Jade Johnson scored in the 27th minute for the only goal of the game as the 24th-ranked Jimmies earned a trip to the NAIA national tournament's second round with a 1-0 victory over the Battlin' Bears.

"I don't think it's really sunk in for anybody yet," said JC coach Phillip Bohn late Saturday night. "It was a tough, hard-fought game like it always seems to be when we play them.

"Walking off the field everybody felt pretty good. There definitely was a sense of satisfaction because our guys worked really hard. Nothing was easy."

Rocky Mountain, ranked 20th, had beaten the Jimmies (16-4-1) twice during the regular season, but Johnson's goal off an assist from George Gauld was all Jamestown College needed on Saturday in Billings, Mont.

"The goal was amazing. Jade had an impossible angle on the shot. I'm not exactly sure how he was able to score with the angle he had, but you can't chalk it up to luck, because he's been doing it all season," Bohn said. "He's had an amazing season."

Thomas Cooke had another stellar performance in goal for the Jimmies. Cooke faced 14 balls, but stopped them all, turning away eight Rocky Mountain (13-3-2) shots in the first 45 minutes and six more in the second half.

The Jimmies also got stellar play from Matt Balshaw and Jack Hartley in the back, who were charged with trying to slow down Rocky Mountain ace striker Oliver Gore.

"They really did a good job. … It was a lot of what we expected. A lot of service into the box. Set pieces, corners, there was constantly balls going into the box," Bohn said. "It makes for some tense moments, but all of our guys did a good job of staying organized and not getting out of position too often."

Both teams had periods of sustained possession, but neither led to goals.

"They were able to fend us off when it looked like we might be building towards a goal, and then we were able to do the same to them," Bohn said. "It sounds cliché, but both teams played with a lot of heart and deserved to win. We'd never beaten them (on their home field), so it's pretty exciting for our team."

The Jimmies now move into the final 16 and will take on national tournament host Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) on Nov. 26.

"Our goal was to get to Alabama and win. Obviously we have a tough opponent, but our guys believe they can win," Bohn said. "We have a lot of work to do in preparation, but it's very exciting to think of what's next for us."