Magi soccer bests Jamestown 1-0
A scoreless draw Sept. 9 ended the Minot High Magicians soccer squad’s hopes at a perfect season, but it has not derailed the team’s drive as the Magi edged the Jamestown Blue Jays 1-0 at Duane Carlson Stadium Tuesday evening, marking its second consecutive win and 11th of the season.
Both Minot High and the Legacy Sabers failed to find the scoreboard in the 0-0 tie last Thursday, but the Magi have not stopped bringing “their style of play” to the field and have rattled off two straight wins since, outscoring their opposition by an aggregate 4-2 in that span.
“I think the quality of play during that Legacy game was there,” head coach Creighton Bachmeier said. “You look at the stat sheet, you definitely looked like you did everything to tip the scale in your favor, and just that’s the way soccer goes.”
The Magi’s Tuesday evening matchup was the second time this season Minot had met the Blue Jays, with the Magicians stealing a 2-1 come-from-behind victory on Jamestown’s field Aug. 24.
“We went down in the first half, and I love the way that we battled back,” Bachmeier continued. “We continued to put in opportunities in and around the box, and we slowly just found a way to make them crack.”
Now off the Jamestown grass field and onto their home turf, Bachmeier was looking for his team to continue to create scoring opportunities in their second contest against their Tuesday opponent this season, and it certainly did.
“If we win the midfield battle to try and push field position toward our offensive half, we’re going to sit pretty good tonight,” he said prior to the opening kick.
Despite recording only the lone score, the Magi peppered Jamestown netminder Ryan Larson with attempts. Minot High threw 10 total shots on net and held the Blue Jays to only two.
The Magicians’ one goal came with 29:56 to play in the first half, when junior midfielder Cayden Gibbons received a pass from fellow junior Kade Anderson just outside the penalty area on the near side.
Larson had no chance, as Gibbons’ shot sailed right over his head and into the back of the Minot net. Stout defensive play, in addition to the two saves from Magi netminder JJ Dufner, made the lone goal stand.
The Magicians’ next contest is slated for Thursday evening on the road against Williston, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.