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Waldorf rallies past Jamestown

By  Aaron Schneider

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Waldorf College men’s soccer team maintained its hold on first place in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) standings with a 2-1 victory over the University of Jamestown on Saturday.

The Warriors (8-7, 3-0) were on the brink of overtime, but Kwaku Amoah found the back of the net with just nine seconds remaining in regulation to lift his team to a victory over the Jimmies (8-5-1, 1-1-1).

Amoah currently ranks second among Waldorf’s career leaders in goals. The senior from Albertville, Minn. was assisted by seniors Federico Mendoza and Steven Shelley on the game-winner.

The Warriors also saw production from junior Marco Uribe, who tallied a goal. Sophomore Robert Serrano added an assist.

Mendoza and junior Stephen Jenkins provided shots on goal for Waldorf. Senior goalkeeper Erubey Ponce faced five shots and recorded four saves in the win.

The Jimmies outshot the Warriors by an 8-7 margin. Jamestown also tallied more shots on goal with a 6-4 advantage.

Seven minutes into the match, Anuar Kanan put the Jimmies in front with an unassisted goal. Jamestown held a 1-0 advantage for most of the match, but the Warriors could overcome the deficit despite being down a man.

During the 78th minute, Uribe took advantage of a pass from Serrano and evened the score. Amoah’s goal with nine seconds remained capped the dramatic comeback win for Waldorf.

The Warriors complete the regular season next Saturday as they host Bellevue University (8-3-4, 2-0-1) in 1 p.m. conference showdown at Bolstorff Field. Bellevue is ranked No. 20 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll. The winner of the match will capture the NSAA regular-season title. Waldorf would also win the regular-season crown in the event of a draw.