Jamestown wins 4A state boys soccer championship, 3-0 against Hanover

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Jamestown wins its second state championship in four years and fourth overall

LYNCHBURG — Before Saturday's Group 4A boys soccer state championship game, Jamestown High coach Bobby O'Brien bought three bottles of Coke with names on them:

Jeff, Kevin, Brandon.

He must've had some vision. That or the Coke bottles are magic.

Players by those names – Jeff Wolons, Kevin Tripp and Brandon Jordan – scored goals as the Eagles cruised to the state championship, beating Hanover 3-0 at Liberty University.

It's the second state championship in four years for Jamestown (20-1), which had its third straight shutout and earned its second victory against Hanover in a week's time.

Buying Coke bottles before games is a superstition of O'Brien's, but it's never played out like this before.

"It's one of those funny little things. It's just weird how things work out like that," O'Brien said. "The kids find it funny. I thought that was very entertaining today.

"It feels fantastic to win three (state championships) in eight years. It shows that Jamestown is the program in the state. It's all because of these kids. They buy into it at a young age."

Wolons, a forward, along with keeper Trevor Hartnett and defender Wilson Coughenour, were part of the 2012 state championship team as freshmen. They said they received a number of good luck messages from former teammates prior to Saturday's game.

"We were more of role players (in 2012)," Coughenour said. "The seniors then taught us how to win and gave us that winning mentality. This is a lot different. We all had bigger roles as seniors."

Said Wolons: "This means everything to me. My whole high school soccer career, I've been working to this moment. It's a great feeling to get the win.

Jamestown beat Hanover 2-0 South Region championship game, and didn't change much from its game plan that day. The Eagles were the aggressor from the onset, and made just a handful of adjustments during the first half.

O'Brien said he went with two players up front instead of three and packed the middle to help win the possession battle. It worked – Hanover had just three shots on goal and never really made a serious threat.

The Hawks' best chances came on a shot from Zach Sergi in the first half and one from Ian Glisson early in the second half, both of which were saved by Hartnett.

"We thought last time we were organized defensively against them, so we didn't have to change much from that standpoint," O'Brien said. "We knew they would try to adapt to us with Jeff and our attack."

Tripp, who had the game-winning goal in overtime of Jamestown's state semifinal victory against Chancellor, set the tone with a goal six minutes in. He used his head to corral a loose ball, beating his defender and scoring from the right side.

The Eagles led 2-0 at halftime after Jordan took a lob from Wolons on the right side and slid it past the keeper.

Wolons scored his 46th goal of the year with about 27 minutes left, effectively putting away the Hawks and sealing Jamestown's fourth state championship.

"(I'll remember) as much as humanly possible," said Tripp, reflecting on the season. "Not so much my goals, but just being with everyone."

JAMESTOWN 3, HANOVER 0

Halftime: Jamestown 2-0. Goals: Tripp, Jordan, Wolons. Assists: Satira, Wolons. Records: Jamestown 20-1, Hanover 16-3-3.

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