Jays power through rain, wind to notch win over St. Mary’s – Jamestown Sun

Not even a deluge and 15 mph winds could dampen Sara Sletto’s spirits on Friday night.

The second fullback for the Jamestown High School girls’ soccer team beamed as she chested her teammates in the middle of the team’s WDA matchup against Bismarck St. Mary’s.

“I’m just really happy to be back on the pitch,” said Sletto. “Football is my whole life and being with this team makes every day better for me.”

A win always makes an athlete’s day better too.

Sletto helped the Jays build a rock-solid defense that led the Jays to a 3-0 win over the Saints to go 2-4 in conference play.

“Once we were on top I was just excited to finally win,” said Sletto. “We haven’t had the best situations in some past games but today I was really excited to score some goals and get going and things kind of worked out.”

Jamestown is scheduled to be back in action on Saturday against Williston at the University of Jamestown’s Jimmie Turf Field. The matchup is scheduled to start at 3 p.m

The Jays’ first appearance at Rotary Field is scheduled for Tuesday night against Bismarck High.

While Sletto was not credited with any of the Jays plays, the sophomore made a series of plays in midfield that helped keep a slippery, rain-soaked ball out of the hands of Blue Jay goalie Olivia Sorlie.

“Our midfield was really on point tonight,” said Sorlie. “They kept their form and that really helped us a lot. We all talked a lot too and that really helped too.”

Sletto is a fourth-year starter for the Jays’ collegiate team primarily because of her communication skills, innate leadership skills and aggressiveness on the field, head coach Haley Hillstrom said.

“She’s great,” Hillstrom said of Sletto. “She played a great game today, she really talked, kept the back line together and got a couple of offside calls, which is really important for us.

“It’s crucial for this line of defense to have someone who knows what they’re doing and a big voice speaking to them. She’s great in the air, super aware on the field and has a great mentality.”

Jamestown’s Sara Sletto attempts to gain control of the ball during action at UJ Turf Field.

John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The sophomore was out for two weeks last season due to COVID-19 protocol, an event that prevented her from training with her team or attending games.

The setback only made her stronger.

After returning from protocol, Sletto helped bring the 2021 Blue Jay roster back to the state tournament, where she managed to pick up All-WDA individual honors for her freshman year performance.

As of last June, Sletto has been spending a lot of time in the weight room and attending open gyms, as well as working out and exercising in her free time.

All the work Sletto put into the offseason was a big reason the Jays eclipsed the Saints for a good chunk of Friday’s game.

By half-time, the hometown team had scored three goals. The Jays overtook their opponents 11:5.

Sorlie made two saves.

Haley Nelson was the one who broke the ice at the Jays’ Sop Fest about 11 minutes late. The senior sent a corner kick that escaped Madison Schate to score the Jays’ first goal since the team’s battle with Bismarck on March 19.

With 15 minutes left in the first half, Claire Frohlich scored the Blue Jays’ second goal of the game, on a breakaway.

Peyton Welsh followed up Frohlich’s breakaway with one of her own to give the Jays their biggest lead of the season.

The second half was less than excellent for scoring chances as the wind picked up, the temperature dropped and rain soaked the field.

Still, for the Jays, it was just exciting to see the ball land in the net.

“We can always do better but I really hope it gets better and after this game I’m really excited to see what the rest of the season brings,” said Sletto.

Jamestown 3, St Mary’s 0

SM 0 0 — 0

JHS 3 0 — 3

Points

First half

1st JHS, Haley Nelson (without support), 11th minute; 2nd JHS, Claire Fröhlich (without support), 24th minute; 3. JHS, Peyton Welsh (without assist), 26th minute.

Second half

No value.

Shots on goal: St. Marien 5; Jakobsstadt 11

Goalkeeper saves: St. Mary’s, Madison Schache 8; Jamestown, Olivia Sorlie2.

Records: St. Mary’s 0-5 WDA, 0-5 overall; Jamestown 2-4 WDA, 2-4 overall

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