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It's a rare situation when Jamestown Boys Soccer Coach Bobby O'Brien is not disappointed in a loss.
Thursday evening's 3-2 home loss to Menchville was one such situation, as the Eagles played a competitive game against one of the better teams in Group 5A South, a classification higher than Jamestown, despite missing some key players.
With Antonio Gonzalez playing soccer overseas, Duncan McDevitt not active for the game and midfielder Kevin Tripp injuring his ankle and missing the final 25 minutes of the game, O'Brien said he is not concerned about losing an early-season game he referred to as a "tune-up."
"I thought they did things we set out to do well and I thought the energy level was good," he said. "We're going to be just fine when we get everyone back and healthy."
After both teams could not convert on early scoring opportunities, Jamestown opened the scoring in the 35th minute as Isaiah McGee flicked the ball to Tripp, who sent a cracker of a shot blazing into the far side of the net to put the Eagles up 1-0.
Menchville responded with a goal four minutes later as Richard Gatz fired a shot on net, which was initially saved. However, the ball took an unfortunate bounce and hopped behind Jamestown goalkeeper John Salsman.
With the ball behind Salsman, Gatz followed his shot and finished it into an empty net to tie the game at 1-1 heading into halftime.
Jamestown opened the second half on a high note, as Tripp had the ball deep within the Menchville box with the goalkeeper fronting him a couple feet away.
With the keeper out of position, Tripp passed the ball into the middle of the field, where Carson Smith was waiting to finish the pass into an open net.
Similar to Jamestown's first-half goal, Menchville responded four minutes later with a goal of their own. A scramble in front of the net resulted in the ball finding the foot of Menchville's Daniel Deanhoffer, who placed the ball into the lower-left corner of the net.
With time winding down and the game appearing set for overtime, Menchville took advantage of the Jamestown defense playing too high and not paying attention to their surroundings.
Menchville's Brad Malarky sent a ball over the top of the defense, which sprung Jahvin Purnell running free past the Eagles defense. With the defense beat, Purnell ripped a low shot underneath the goalkeeper for the game-winning goal with less than two minutes to play.
Jamestown (1-2) will rest during spring break before resuming its season on the road against Tabb on April 13.
Menchville 3, Jamestown 2
Goals: Menchville (Gatz, Deanhoffer, Purnell), Jamestown (Tripp, Smith)
Assists: Menchville (Malarky), Jamestown (I. McGee, Tripp)
York Cruises Past Heritage
Cameron Dail scored a pair of goals during York's 5-0 home win against Heritage on Thursday.
Despite being without standout midfielder Max Poelker, who sustained a head injury earlier in the week, York had little trouble defeating Heritage.
Aaron Reyes opened the scoring with a fifth-minute goal coming off an assist by Paul Mahaffy, who scored a goal of his own in the 14th minute.
Bailey McClure found the back of the net in the 12th minute off an assist from Gavin Homan to put the Falcons up 2-0.
After Mahaffy's goal made the score 3-0, Dail logged a goal in the 22nd minute with the assist coming from McClure.
With York holding a 4-0 halftime lead, Dail scored on a penalty kick in the 54th minute to record the game's final goal.
York (5-0) will host Chancellor on Thursday.
York 5, Heritage 0
Goals: York (Reyes, McClure, Mahaffy, Dail 2)
Assists: York (Mahaffy, Homan, Coker, McClure)
Bruton Coasts Past Arcadia
Bruton coasted to a 3-1 win at home against Arcadia on Thursday.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead on Arcadia when Lanson Fontaine scored off an assist from Andrea Abriani. The next Bruton goal came from Abriani, who found the back of the net after receiving a pass from Chuckie Tenbusch.
By halftime, Bruton held a 2-1 lead over Arcadia.
The final Bruton goal came from Jalen Carr, who was on the receiving end of a Michael Wilson pass before beating the Arcadia keeper.
Bruton (3-0) will travel to take on Smithfield on April 11.
Bruton 3, Arcadia 1
Goals: Bruton (Fontaine, Abriani, Carr), Arcadia (Rodriguez)
Assists: Bruton (Abriani, Tenbusch, Wilson)
Princess Anne Runs Past Lafayette
Lafayette suffered its second loss of the season, dropping a 3-1 road contest against Princess Anne on Thursday.
Princess Anne had a 1-0 halftime lead, but Lafayette found the back of the net as Jason Eckenrode scored on a penalty kick.
Unfortunately for the Rams, Eckenrode's goal was not enough as Princess Anne scored two second-half goals, including one own goal by Lafayette.
Lafayette (2-2) will host Smithfield on April 14 following spring break.
Individual statistics were not reported for this game.
Princess Anne 3, Lafayette 1