12 Nov Jimmies women’s soccer attempt to win the GPAC against Briar Cliff
“I think the weather has an impact if you let it. We have played in worse conditions and we just need to gear up and play our game but be aware of the surface and what comes with it. It’s all mental and we will deal with whatever gets thrown at us,” Struble said.
For the second consecutive season, the University of Jamestown women’s soccer team is in the GPAC championship game. The Jimmies (18-0-1, 11-0-1) will be hoping for a different result this time around when they welcome Briar Cliff University (13-2-2, 10-1-1) at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 to the Jimmie Turf Field.
These two teams are only 12 days removed from the regular season finale back on Oct. 30 when the Jimmies tied the game late and hung on for the double-overtime tie. The two teams have played 12 times overall with the Jimmies owning a 6-4-2 record. The teams played in the GPAC semifinals in April with the Jimmies winning 1-0 before falling to Concordia in the championship game.
Heading into this season off the back of that conference championship loss, the Jimmies set goals as a team to win the conference regular season title and postseason tournament and make the NAIA tournament. Despite accomplishing two of those three goals already, they are determined to accomplish the third one against Briar Cliff, according to Jimmies head coach Nick Becker.
“I think they are very determined and goal oriented and the third piece is to make the national tournament. So, we’ve got two out of the three out of the way, so I think we are just looking at this as another step in the right direction,” Becker said. “I think we are prepared mentally and looking forward to it.”
The Jimmies’ keys to winning the game are to have more possession of the ball than they did in the semifinal win over Morningside, Becker said.
“Hopefully possessing a little bit better. I watched some film and I think the game was open at times,” Becker said. “We did keep the ball OK but I think we can fine tune and understand where we should possess the ball and hopefully take advantage of some of the chances that we had. We’ve created quite a few. We just have to make sure it is the right chances.”
The Jimmies have had to battle in each of their last three games, to make their way to the conference championship game. The team expects this game to be a fight as well, Becker said.
“I think what we’ve talked about is not giving goals away. In the last three games, we’ve given almost all of those goals away,” Becker said. “Whether it was a free kick or somebody missing a play and so we always talk about suturing that up and making the other team score on us, making it not us giving the ball away and we’ve done that in the last three games.”
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