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After watching Lafayette control the pace of play for the first 40 minutes, Jamestown Coach Bobby O'Brien challenged his team at halftime to outwork the Rams for the remainder of the game.
His pep talk yielded positive results, as the Eagles (4-1) overcame a 1-0 deficit to take down Lafayette 2-1 at Wanner Stadium on Monday evening.
Lafayette (5-2-1) came out the aggressors in the first half, possessing the ball in the midfield area and limiting Jamestown's scoring opportunities.
Rams goalkeeper David Domalski played admirably throughout the game, turning away a point-blank shot from Jamestown's Jeff Wolons 20 minutes into the first half.
Solid defensive play by Lafayette gave way to offense as Thomas Pogue fired a screamer into the left side of the net from 25 yards out for the first goal of the game with 4:18 remaining in the first half.
Jamestown entered the locker room trailing 1-0 at halftime, an unfamiliar position for the Eagles.
Noticing a lack of intensity from his team, O'Brien challenged his team to emphasize on the intangibles — focus, effort and recovery — in the second half.
His team responded by coming out of the gates fast, peppering Domalski with shots from distance, forcing some diving saves in the process.
Less than 25 seconds after a beautiful Domalski diving save, the Eagles finally broke through the Lafayette defense: Kevin Tripp delivered a corner kick into the box where it was promptly headed into the back of the net by Antonio Gonzalez to tie the game at 1-1 with 25:25 left.
Fifteen seconds later, Ben Carper won the ball in the midfield and delivered a perfect through ball to Wolons, who buried the ball into the lower-left corner of the net from 15 yards out to give Jamestown a sudden 2-1 lead.
"We didn't really do anything differently in the second half," O'Brien said. "I told our guys to focus on winning their 1-on-1 battles and if they won those, collectively as a group we would be put into a better position."
For Lafayette Coach Brian Sorrell, the quick back-to-back Jamestown goals were a punch to the gut.
"It's a tough loss," he said. "We were on our heels in the second half, and, like I've said before, it's really difficult to hold a 1-0 lead."
To make matters worse for Lafayette, Tobi Yanez drew his second yellow card of the game with 3:32 remaining, prompting the ref to flash a red card, sending him off the pitch for the rest of the game.
The red card means Yanez will be forced to sit out Thursday's home game against Poquoson.
The Eagles were able to control possession for most of the remaining 20 minutes, effectively ending the contest.
Jamestown will travel to take on Bruton at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Jamestown 2, Lafayette 1
Goals: Jamestown (Antonio Gonzalez, Jeff Wolons), Lafayette (Thomas Pogue)
Assists: Jamestown (Ben Carper), Lafayette (Kevin Tripp)
Late Red Card Puts Damper on York Blowout of Bruton
Bailey McClure scored a hat trick to help lead York to its 10th consecutive win on the season, defeating Bruton 6-1 at home Monday.
York's (10-0) Dean Lytle started the action by feeding the ball to Cameron Dail, who placed the ball into the back of the net for the game's first goal.
McClure scored back-to-back goals for York, the first unassisted and the second coming off a Max Poelker assist.
Poelker got into the scoring rhythm by netting York's fourth goal of the game.
Leading 4-0 in the second half, York suffered a setback after starting goalkeeper Jacob Reimers was given a red card for what the head official deemed as obstructing an attacker in the box as the last line of defense.
The penalty gave way to a Lanson Fontaine penalty kick goal, bringing Bruton (5-4) within three goals.
Barring an overturning of the red card, Reimers will have to sit out York's game against Grafton on Thursday.
With Falcons backup goalie Ross Millner filling in for the rest of the game, York picked up where it left off offensively.
Alasdair Thomson bent a corner kick into the back of the net before McClure scored his third goal of the game, this time off a Paul Mahaffy assist.
Bruton will hope to prevent a three-game losing streak as the Panthers host Jamestown at 7 p.m. Thursday.
York 6, Bruton 1
Goals: York (Cameron Dail, Bailey McClure 3, Alasdair Thomson, Max Poelker), Bruton (Lanson Fontaine)
Assists: York (Dean Lytle, Max Poelker, Paul Mahaffy)