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Jackets magical season continues to 3rd round with a shut-out Saturday

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Jackets magical season continues to 3rd round with a shut-out Saturday Photo by Randy Wrenn

The Roanoke Rapids High school Yellow Jackets Men's soccer team improves to 21-0-1 and advances to the 3rd round in the 2A NCHSAA State Championship play-offs. 

The Roanoke Rapids team showed their magic on the Croatan team winning 2-0 at the Historic Hoyle field.

Carson Neal and Jake Van Dam scored a goal for the Jackets and Neal had an assist as well.

Thomas Merritt continued his great goalie duty with12 saves in goal.

Jackets head coach Craig Jean had thes post match comments on the win and his team, "We didn't play our best ball in the first half and neither team had many chances. We made some adjustments at halftime, which dropped Emerson Escobar to the middle and put Jake Van Dam up top. We came out in the 2nd half and moved the ball a lot better. After Van Dam got the goal to put us up 2 goals, we went into grind the clock out mode for the next 36 minutes. I thought Paul Macnichol played great. He has had two back to back good, solid games. Camden Parks and Emerson Escobar were our workhorses in the middle. Anytime you have a shutout playoff win, you know your backs and goal keeper played well. I am very proud of their back to back playoff shutout wins. It is not easy and it speaks volumes for their effort. Jake Van Dam had another big goal to put them away. He has really come through in the clutch- 1st in the conference championship, and again tonight. When you beat a team like that with a shut out, it takes every player putting in hard work. That's been our thing for the past 2 years. We put in hard work in training, play hard on the field and don't quit, and care about the man next to us. My guys will play through anything to keep this ride rolling. We went from 5-15 to 21-0-1 in 2 years. They feed off of being underestimated. We've been underestimated all season and I hope people keep overlooking us. The trip to Dixon will be a battle. I've been there and done that with my girls team in the 3rd round of playoffs a few times. It's always been a very tough and physical matchup. We are happy to have another 3 days together and will look to keep buying ourselves more time Wednesday."

The #6 seed Roanoke Rapids 2A Northern Carolina conference champs will travel to #3 seed Dixon 22-2-1. 


Match photos by Randy Wrenn

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