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A combined 15-1 on the season, the Jamestown and York boys soccer teams were poised for a major showdown at Bailey Field on Monday.
By the time the final whistle blew, the Eagles (6-1) made it clear they would be the team to beat in the Bay Rivers District, routing the York Falcons 5-0 behind five Jeff Wolons goals.
Wolons' five-goal performance on Monday was the third time this season the Virginia Tech soccer commit has scored five or more goals in a single game.
"The team around me keeps giving me the balls through and all I have to do is run by the defender and put it away," Wolons said about how he has scored so efficiently this season. "It's what I do best."
His knack for finding the back of the net was once again on display Monday night.
Around 10 minutes into the contest, Antonio Gonzalez delivered a set piece into the box that fell at the feet of Wolons. The ball was flicked over the head and off the fingertips of York goalkeeper Jacob Reimers for the first goal of the game.
With 12 minutes left in the first half, Wolons found himself in a similar position as the first time he scored. Gonzalez once again delivered a ball over the top to Wolons, who in turn lobbed the ball over Reimers for his second goal of the game.
The Eagles (10-1) almost found the back of the net again a minute later as a Brandon Jordan shot clinked off the left post and rolled out of bounds.
Trailing 2-0, York midfielder Alasdair Thomson had the best scoring opportunity for the Falcons of the night. Thomson took the ball in the box and was met by Jamestown goalkeeper Trevor Hartnett.
Sprawling to the artificial turf, Hartnett collided with the ball at the feet of Thomson and sent it sailing just over the crossbar with 5:04 left in the first half.
Jamestown entered the locker room holding a 2-0 advantage.
The start of the second half featured more lively play from York. The Falcons were limited on scoring chances, but controlled the ball in the midfield area and were able to throw attackers at the Jamestown defense.
With 15 minutes left in the contest, York Coach Ryan Hagerty made mass substitutions, bringing on more offensive-minded players to attempt to close the 2-0 deficit.
The move proved unsuccessful, as Wolons proceeded to score three goals over a span of three minutes with 8:34 left in the game against the weaker York defense.
Wolons' third goal came off a Francisco Santucci through ball that was collected and placed in the lower-right corner of the York net, earning Wolons the hat trick.
Exactly one minute later, Dan Kelly sent a well-placed through ball to Wolons, who sprinted down the right side of the pitch before ripping a shot across the body of Reimers for his fourth goal of the game.
The final goal for Wolons came with 6:44 left, as Wolons received a pass from Kelly and maneuvered his way through the Falcons defense before blasting a shot past Reimers.
Monday's five-goal performance brought Wolons' season goal total to 23 goals through eight games.
"Five goals in a high school game. He killed us by himself," Hagerty said. "To lose 5-0 – I think we had given up six goals all season — so to give up five to one player in one game, we have to learn to take advantage of the moments we have."
The loss marks York's first of the season, though Hagerty stressed a non-conference loss to a talented Jamestown team, in a classification above its own, will not sink the Falcons' season.
Jamestown Coach Bobby O'Brien said his team played its most complete game of the season.
"Tonight we were really concentrated on keeping a zero on the scoreboard," he said. "We finally put a full game together. We've been scoring a lot of goals this year. We know we are going to create a ton of chances, and we wanted to make sure we didn't give away easy goals tonight."
Jamestown will not have long to celebrate its blowout victory as the Eagles will play host to Nansemond River Tuesday.
Meanwhile, York will hope to rebound against a Thursday road contest at Southampton.
Jamestown 5, York 0
Goals: Jamestown (Jeff Wolons 5)
Assists: Jamestown (Antonio Gonzalez 2, Francisco Santucci, Dan Kelly 2)
Smithfield Breaks Long Losing Streak Against Lafayette
Lafayette Coach Brian Sorrell lost to Smithfield for the first time in his 13-year tenure at Lafayette on Monday as his Rams dropped a 7-1 road contest.
The Rams (5-2-2) were outplayed from beginning to end, trailing 3-0 by halftime.
Trailing 6-0, Justin Wilson scored the lone goal for Lafayette with six minutes left in the game.
Lafayette will look to rebound as the Rams host Heritage at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Smithfield 7, Lafayette 1
Goals: Smithfield (Christopher Jones, Noah Morris, Graysen Ippolito, Gunner Copeland, Dominic Fontana 2, Jordan Gibson), Lafayette (Justin Wilson)