Cannon Newell’s hat trick gives Lafayette and new coach Bobby O’Brien a win over Jamestown

Marty O'Brien, The Virginian-Pilot
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Lafayette gave Bobby O’Brien his first victory as the program’s boys soccer coach. It came against Jamestown, the team he coached the previous 13 seasons and led to three state titles.

Cannon Newell, who kicked two field goals in Lafayette’s football state championship-game victory Saturday, scored three goals to lead the Rams to a 5-1 victory Tuesday at Wanner Stadium. Newell scored for the Rams (1-1) on a penalty kick in the first half, then netted two more shots on breakaways in the second.

The game was the first as Jamestown coach for Phil Geyer, a standout defender on the Eagles’ 2012 Group AA state champs coached by O’Brien. His Eagles (0-1) scored first, with 10:02 to play in the first half, on a penalty kick by Matt Luchs awarded when Yasin Aluzry was fouled in the box.

Lafayette evened the score at 1-1 on a penalty kick Newell slotted low and into the right corner past Jamestown goalkeeper Kevin Swayne with 6:37 to play in the first half. Newell maneuvered past Swayne on a breakaway for a goal that put Lafayette ahead for good, less than three minutes into the second half.

Jamestown almost tied the game several minutes later, but Lafayette goalie Gabe Eaves tipped Alzury’s header – set up nicely by Peyton Smith’s free kick – off of the crossbar. Jaydon Brooks made the Eagles pay almost immediately with his shot into goal from 17 yards that increased Lafayette’s lead to 3-1 with 26:05 left in the game.

Newell struck again with 20:36 left, scoring on another breakaway to give the Rams a 4-1 margin. Blake Lowery added a goal for Lafayette in the final seconds.

The Rams and Eagles will play again on May 25 at Wanner Stadium.

Lafayette 5, Jamestown 1

Halftime: 1-1. Goals: L – Newell 3, Brooks, Lowery; J – Luchs.

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