- Jamestown strikes quickly in 1-0 victory over York
- Ryan Treacy's defensive gem stops a sure York goal
- York wanted to get a quick goal, but couldn't
JAMES CITY Jamestown High's boys soccer team reinforced the adage that "Two heads are better than one" in its 1-0 win over York in the Bay Rivers District tournament championship game. The Eagles (13-1-2) struck quickly, as Patrick O'Brien headed Ryan Treacy's throw-in across goal in the second minute of the game to Patrick Kelly, who headed the ball into the net.
The Eagles, who added the tournament title to their regular season championship, will be at home in the Region I tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday, while York (10-3-3) will be on the road.
"I'm good with my head on throw-ins and I just try to flick it on to my teammates," O'Brien said. "I always tell them to try and get in the box, because you never know what's going to happen.
"Before the game we preached that we needed to get an early goal, then we could play our game."York coach Tommy Hipple said, "That's what Jamestown wants to do is jump on you, then sit back and play great defense on you."
Treacy made what must surely be one of the greatest, and most important, defensive plays of the season. During stoppage time in the final seconds of the first half, York's Kyle Saunders shot past Jamestown goalie Alex Guerra and toward the goalmouth. But Treacy shuffled quickly in front of the ball, stopping the hard shot and clearing it off of the line.
"That would've changed the whole game," Hipple said of coming oh-so-close to a goal.
On the other hand, Alex Meade had made a nice clearance off the line earlier in the half, so Jamestown could've had another goal, too. Meade, Charlie Watt and Tyler Smith kept Jamestown from getting many quality chances on goal.
The Eagles got a couple anyway in the second half, but York goalie Cory Alexander kept the margin to a goal with two nice saves. The first came when he stopped O'Brien's rocket from about 15 yards with 12 minutes left in the game. The second was his stop of Dan Geyer's breakway in the final minute.
Geyer's opening on the counterattack came because York was throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Jamestown defense in the final 10 minutes to get an equalizer. But the Jamestown defense held steady, despite the absence of Phil Geyer and Hunter Hartnett, who were out with minor injuries.
The Eagles got solid performances in back from goalie Alex Guerra, from defender JT Smith and from Treacy, who moved from the front to the backline to help fill in for the injured defenders.
"We're good at limiting mistakes and making it tough for the other team to score," Eagles coach Bobby O'Brien said. "It was nice to keep a shutout against a quality team.
"We hadn't done that in a while."
JAMESTOWN 1, YORK 0Halftime Jamestown 1-0. Goal Jamestown, Kelly. Assist Jamestown O'Brien. Records Jamestown 13-1-2, York 10-3-3.
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