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Outside of fleeting scoring chances from Hanover, Friday night's 4A South championship game was controlled by Jamestown en route to the Eagles claiming a 2-0 victory and hoisting the region's first-place trophy.
Jamestown came out the more aggressive team from the opening whistle, taking advantage of Hanover miscues in the midfield to generate scoring chances.
With 31:52 left in the first half, Duncan McDevitt collected the ball off a turnover in the midfield before firing a shot on net that was turned away.
The Eagles were robbed of a goal by the Hanover goalkeeper with 23:30 left in the first half. Junior Brandon Jordan performed a turning half-volley from inside the box, but saw his well-placed shot turned away by a great diving effort from the keeper.
With conventional methods not working, Jamestown standout Jeff Wolons tried getting creative, attempting a rare bicycle kick in the box. Wolons made solid contact with the ball, but the Hanover goalie turned it away as the shot trended to the lower-left corner.
Jamestown broke through minutes later as McDevitt intercepted an errant pass in the midfield and delivered a precise through ball to Wolons. The Jamestown speedster managed to get his foot on the ball before colliding with a diving goalkeeper that had come out of the box.
Wolons tumbled to the artificial turf at Wanner Stadium after colliding with the Hanover goalie, but not before his shot found the back of the net for the game's opening goal.
"We moved [Wolons] around a little bit more than we normally do to figure out where the easiest places for him to get matchups were," Jamestown coach Bobby O'Brien said. "They had to maintain their shape a little bit and he was able to get free down the middle."
The second half featured a more conservative game plan from Hanover, who settled for holding possession in the midfield and back lines in an attempt to keep the ball away from the Eagles.
Their plan worked relatively well, limiting Wolons on the offensive end and shutting down most other offensive attempts from Jamestown.
Jamestown managed to secure the win when, with 9:50 left in the second half, Wolons was taken down from behind just outside the box, drawing a penalty.
McDevitt stepped up to take the free kick from roughly 20 yards out and bent the ball just over the heads of the Hanover wall before finding the lower-left corner of the net to give Jamestown some breathing room.
"Bobby [O'Brien] just told me to hit it hard and to aim at the far post," he said. "I tried to score it. I wasn't trying to place it. I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and hopefully something happened out of it, and it worked out."
With the 4A South championship in hand, Jamestown can now rest up and prepare for the Group 4A state tournament, which will take place June 12 and 13.
Jamestown 2, Hanover 0
Goals: Jamestown (Jeff Wolons, Duncan McDevitt)
Assists: Jamestown (Duncan McDevitt)
Lafayette Loses 3A East Championship on Late Goal
The Lafayette boys soccer team fell during Friday night's 3A East championship match against Kettle Run in devastating fashion.
Tied at 2-2 with 23 seconds left in the second half, Lafayette (13-5-2) surrendered the game-winning goal to Kettle Run standout Kevin Coleman.
Reeves Trott put Lafayette on top in the first half by finding the back of the net from a free kick 35 yards away from the net.
A short time later, Coleman scored his first goal of the game, ripping the ball from 20 yards out into the upper-90 area of the goal to knot the game at 1-1.
After coming out of the break, Kettle Run took the lead thanks to an Eric Schmidt goal that came off a Jed Dalton assist.
Trott found paydirt once again, this time in the form of a second-half penalty kick goal that tied the game at 2-2 before Coleman hit the pivotal goal in the waning seconds of the game.
Despite the tough loss, Lafayette coach Brian Sorrell said he expects his team to rebound from the loss and prepare for the Group 3A state tournament.
"These boys still have two games left in them," he said. "We're going to get healthy this week and line up against whoever we line up against. We aren't going to worry about our opponent; we're going to worry about us."
Kettle Run 3, Lafayette 2
Goals: Kettle Run (Kevin Coleman, Eric Schmidt), Lafayette (Reeves Trott 2)
Assists: Kettle Run (Jed Dalton)