Premier soccer match-up tonight in Jamestown
Jamestown Soccer Association has partnered with the University of Rhode Island to bring a higher level of soccer to the island.
"We were approached by the URI coaching staff and asked if we would be able to host a premier U16 girls' team who couldn't play anywhere else in the state," Jay Sisson, JSA president, explained. "It is great for the island because it brings a level of play to Jamestown Soccer that we are all hoping for."
The concept for the team came from the URI coaching staff, who wanted to expose players to the college players and level of play, while playing at the premier level.
"Jamestown has really stepped up to the plate for this team. They have embraced the team as their own and are supportive and enthusiastic," Patty Burton, team manager, said.
As part of the agreement with JSA, the URI coaching staff is holding clinics and camps for the Jamestown soccer players that have been very well received.
"They held a clinic that 100 Jamestown players attended and had a ball," Sisson said. "It was a two-hour clinic that was run by the entire men's and women's coaching staff from URI, plus all of their players."
The team, Rams FC Fortuna, is coached by Zac and Emily Shaw, the URI women's soccer team coaches. They are currently in third place in their division.
They will play in a preliminary playoff game, today, Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. against Bruno United on the Eldradge Avenue fields. The team is vying for one of four spots to play in the state cup in Pawtucket on May 12 and 13.
"This game is a great opportunity for Jamestowners to see some high level soccer. It benefits our players to be able to watch this team and see what they bring to the program," Sisson said.
"Jamestown has broken the mold with this. We have received so many calls since it started asking us if we are going to do a U12 team, or a U10 team," Burton said.
Sisson said that JSA has benefited greatly from the partnership and he looks forward to continuing with the team.