Jamestown CC Men Open Soccer Postseason Today
The Jamestown Community College men’s soccer team will meet Mohawk Valley CC in the Region 3 North B District semifinals today.
The 3 p.m. game will be played at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
The Jayhawks (9-6), the tournament’s sixth seed, will look to avenge their season-opening 6-1 loss to the third-seeded Hawks (9-2-1). Jamestown CC has been gaining momentum down the stretch, however, winning eight of their last nine contests. Its lone defeat during the stretch was to Genesee CC, the second-ranked team in the country.
“Every phase of the game has improved significantly since our first game of the season,” said Jayhawks head coach Pat Anderson. “The defense is now a cohesive group. The midfield play allows us to create turnovers and generate offense, and the forwards are finishing their opportunities. If we can maintain a high level of focus, it should be a good game.”
Jamestown CC will look to freshman midfielder Louis Hurst (Blackpool, England/Cardinal Newman College) to lead the offensive attack. He leads the team with nine goals. Freshman defender George Glover (Leeds, England/Allerton Grange School), who is second on the team with five goals, will also play a key role. Sophomore forward Jesse da Costa (Perth, Western Australia/SEDA) has tallied 10 assists, including three games where he had multiple helpers.
Freshman Bryan Anderson Ashville/Chautauqua Lake Central), who has made 78 saves, will be between the pipes to face the Hawks, whose only two losses came against Finger Lakes CC in late August and against Herkimer College in late September. Mohawk Valley, which averages just under four goals a game, is paced offensively by Elhadji Sidibe, who has found the back of the net 13 times.
The Hawks’ defense is stingy as Mohawk Valley’s keepers have faced just 28 shots all season.