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Eric Peterson, Published September 11 2013

Big first half vaults Jimmies to victory against Cobbers in men's soccer

MOORHEAD – A heavy dose of England proved too much for Concordia to handle Wednesday at the Jake Christiansen athletic complex.

Three different English players scored at least one goal for the University of Jamestown, vaulting the Jimmies to a 5-1 victory in nonconference men’s soccer.

There are 11 players who list England as their home country on the Jamestown roster.

Jimmies junior Jack Keeling, from Leamington Spa, England, said a scholarship agency is how he made it to North Dakota. Keeling said most players in England use scholarship agencies if they want to play college sports in the United States.

“None of us knew each other,” Keeling said of the English contingent. “Now, we’ve been playing together for a couple years, so it’s starting to come together.”

Jimmies first-year head coach Tommy Nienhaus said the recruiting for this team was done when he took over the program at the start of August.

The former head coach Phillip Bohn, who took another coaching job in Arkansas in June, put the international flavor on the current Jimmies roster.

“It was a just a case that he was looking for some foreign guys,” Keeling said.

“Recruiting an international player to Jamestown I think is a little easier than recruiting an American player,” Nienhaus added.

“I think it’s easy for the international players to buy into that. From their point of view, they just simply want to play and get a good education.”

Nienhaus said he would like to add more American players to the program, trying to “make a team as diverse as possible.”

The Jimmies scored four goals in the first 30 minutes against the Cobbers. Senior forward Dominic O’Connor (from Accrington, England) scored two of those goals. His second goal gave the Jimmies a 4-0 less than 30 minutes into the match.

Jade Johnson, a junior from West Fargo, also added a goal during that Jamestown scoring spree.

“Jamestown is a good team. They had a lot of good players coming back from last year,” Cobbers head coach Ben Schneweis said. “We just didn’t start the game very well. Against a good team like Jamestown, they’re going to make you pay for it.”

Concordia scored its lone goal early in the second half. Senior forward Kristian Reiersgord found the back of the net 51 minutes into the match. Jamestown led 4-1 at that point.

“I’m not happy about conceding a goal, because we like to earn shutouts,” Nienhaus said.

The Cobbers (0-3-1) have yet to earn a victory this season. The Jimmies (4-2-1) have a 3-0-1 record in their past four matches.

“We have to learn how to play hard and be competitive from the start,” Schneweis said. “We have a good team. We’ve got some quality young players who are starting to show their talent.”

FIRST HALF: 1, J, O’Connor 3:30. 2, J, Johnson (Keeling) 17:10. 3, J, Gauld (Keeling) 21:10. 4, J, O’Connor (Humphries) 29:20.

SECOND HALF: 5, CC, Reiersgord (Wegleitner, Adegunla) 51:00. 6, J, Keeling 85:35.

SAVES: J, Cooke 1-x-1, Harris x-2-2. CC, Runquist 3-x-3, Glogoza x-4-4.

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