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Jeff Wolons scored a pair of goals to help give Jamestown a commanding 4-1 victory against Smithfield at home in the Conference 19 championship game Friday.
Despite a slow opening in the first 10 minutes, the game picked up the pace in terms of both speed of play and physicality.
With 27:20 left in the first half, Kevin Tripp delivered the ball to the feet of Wolons, who fought through three Smithfield defenders before ripping the ball into the back of the net for the game's opening goal.
The game's contentious nature picked up five minutes later as Jamestown's Wilson Coughenour was given a yellow card for saying something the head official deemed worthy of punishment.
Before the first-half came to a close, Ben Carper and Wolons were flashed yellow cards by the head judge for arguing a call and shoving a Smithfield defender, respectively.
"They're high-school aged boys. They're emotional and it's a competitive game. It was a championship match," Jamestown Coach Bobby O'Brien said. "Once they figure out where the ref is drawing the line in the sand, they know where to tip-toe on either side of it."
With 14:38 left in the first half, Tripp logged another assist after sending a through ball to Duncan McDevitt, who launched the ball into the right side of the net to put the Eagles up 2-0 heading into the break.
The Eagles continued putting the pressure on Smithfield in the second half, watching McDevitt fire a shot off the crossbar. Almost 40 seconds later, McDevitt sent in a corner from the left side of the field that found the head of Francisco Santucci, who placed it past the Smithfield to put Jamestown up 3-0.
Smithfield managed to find the back of the net with 4:28 remaining in the game as Gunnar Copeland dribbled up the right side of the field before firing the ball into the right side of the net.
The Packers continued pushing attackers up in a last-ditch attempt to close the two-goal gap. The Eagles were more than happy to sit back and wait for a counterattack, which came with 55 seconds left in the game.
Tripp collected the ball on the defensive end and sent the ball up field to a sprinting Wolons, who carried the ball the rest of the way before slotting it in the lower-left corner of the net for his 40th goal of the season.
"Even when he doesn't have his best games, he's still able to be a factor. He has 40 on the year now, which is unheard of at this level," O'Brien said of Wolons. "He's getting man-marked and double-teamed all over the field and he's still able to get behind, create chances and score goals."
The Eagles (15-1) will continue their season in the 4A South tournament, which will begin with a home game at 7 p.m. Monday against an opponent to be determined.
Jamestown 4, Smithfield 1
Goals: Jamestown (Jeff Wolons 2, Duncan McDevitt, Francisco Santucci), Smithfield (Gunnar Copeland)
Assists: Jamestown (Kevin Tripp 3, Duncan McDevitt)
Bruton Wins Conference 33 Championship
The Bruton boys soccer team continued its breakout season by claiming the Conference 33 championship Friday evening, defeating Maggie Walker 3-2 on the road.
After falling behind 1-0 early, Bruton's Lanson Fontaine scored an unassisted goal to knot the game up at 1-1.
The Panthers had an opportunity to jump out to a 2-1 lead during a penalty kick, but an official ruled a Bruton player encroached on the shot, forcing a re-kick. The second attempt was shut down by the Maggie Walker keeper. The quick momentum swing helped Maggie Walker find the back of the next shortly before the break, holding a 2-1 halftime advantage.
Despite falling behind again, the Panthers never gave up. Miguel Martinez tied the game after scoring off an assist by Matt Gerdes.
After his earlier mistake during the penalty kick, Embry redeemed himself by scoring the game-winning goal with three minutes remaining coming off a Martinez assist.
For Bruton coach Luke Taylor, helping lead Bruton to its first conference title in 18 years has been a satisfying experience.
"It's an amazing feeling. I played for Bruton back in the 2000s, and we would have pockets of talent, but we would never be able to put it together," Taylor said. "The boys have worked hard throughout the season. Even though only about 13 or 14 of the boys got in the championship game, it was about more than the 80 minutes tonight."
Bruton (10-8) will continue its season during the 2A East tournament, which will begin Monday. The Panthers will host Goochland at 7 p.m.
Bruton 3, Maggie Walker 2
Goals: Bruton (Lanson Fontaine, Miguel Martinez, Hunter Embry)
Assists: Bruton (Matt Gerdes, Miguel Martinez)