- Jamestown plays host to Courtland Friday night in the regional final
- The Patricks -- Kelly and O'Brien -- score goals for the Eagles
- Jamestown won the 2008 state championship
The win also moves the Eagles into the AA state quarterfinals on Tuesday. Jamestown won the 2008 state title, before losing in the quarterfinals last season.
Patrick Kelly scored from 10 yards out off of a J.T. Smith pass for the the Eagles first goal with 22 minutes to go in the first half. Patrick O'Brien drove in to score on the right side from eight yards after controlling a header from Dan Geyer with 17 minutes to play in the first half.
Jamestown goalie Alex Guerra's save on Evan Eaves' screamer from 15 yards denied James Monroe on one of its rare quality shots in the game.
"At the beginning of each season, that's our goal," Patrick O'Brien said of the state tournament berth. "That's where we want to get to and that's what we practice for."
Patrick O'Brien said a big key to the game was scoring early and then focusing on defense when the Eagles got the lead. Older brother Bobby O'Brien, the Eagles coach, said a big part of the game-plan was defensive.
"We knew that they had a center-midfielder (Hector Camacho) who was very good and we knew that they had a forward (Jamal Hines) who was very good," Bobby O'Brien said. "We game-planned it to limit their opportunities. And we knew our front six was pretty strong and that we can score on anyone."
Bobby O'Brien switched Trevor Davis from left-midfielder to mid-back, because he has the pace to keep up with Hines. And he crowded midfield with an extra man to limit the space Camacho would have to work with.
"The whole second half (Camacho) had to come all the way into their back line to get the ball, because there was no space up in our half for him to play in," Bobby O'Brien said. "That's nice, because their most dangerous player is 60 yards away from goal instead of 25 yards away from goal.
"Late in the game we put five players in back to finish it out."
Davis, Kelly, Hunter Hartnett and Ryan Tracy did a good job of controlling the ball in the midfield for the Eagles, and getting the ball up front to Geyer and Patrick O'Brien.
"I wasn't sure how realistic our goal (of getting back to the state tournament) was, because we're young," Bobby O'Brien said. "But we've grown up quite a bit.
"It's nice to be in the state tournament, but we've got to win (in the regional final) because we don't want to travel."
JAMESTOWN 2, JAMES MONROE 0 Halftime Jamestown 2-0. Goals Kelly, O'Brien. Assists Smith, Geyer. Record Jamestown 15-1-3.
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