Reese Wilson’s job this season with the New Orleans Jesters, by definition, is to set up teammates. He wants to bait opponents into his area, which places teammates in favorable scoring positions.
You could almost consider Wilson a decoy. A strategic distraction. Oftentimes, he is.
That’s why Friday night, it was fitting that Wilson, for a change, took the big shot.
His goal on a breakaway in the 61st minute ended a tie match at Pan American Stadium, leading to a 2-0 shutout of the Georgia Revolution at Pan American Stadium.
Not bad for a decoy.
Wilson’s shot occurred on a night complete with plenty of big shots by the Jesters, yet moments void of goals. While the majority of the match — especially the first half — was played on the Revolution’s side of the field, their efforts were absent of goals, a situation that threatened to transform the first of two matches this weekend into a disappointing evening.
“We were all over them for about 25 minutes in the first half, and we were frustrated we didn’t get that one goal we needed to release their (defensive strategy),” Wilson said. “Because they would have been happy with a (tie).”
In the second half, the Jesters (2-1-1) were defending on the edge of their box when Caio Cruz managed to kick the ball out, starting a break with Ryan Reid, one of the fastest Jesters.
“When the linesman didn’t flag us for offsides, that’s when I realized if I can get up with him and he can square it, it could be an easy goal, rather than try to finish by himself on an angle,” Wilson said.
Same thought process for Reid, a former three-time all-state selection at Dutchtown High School and letterman at the University of Maryland.
“I knew the first goal would open them up,” Jesters coach Kenny Farrell said. “Of course, as soon as we got up, we were thinking, OK, let’s start thinking about who we can save for (Saturday).”
In the 81st minute, Jordan Rice, a former Jesuit standout who recently completed his freshman soccer season at Howard University, scored his first goal with the Jesters from the right side.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Jesters host Nashville FC at Pan American Stadium. ... Midfielder Sam Hurrell suffered a sprained ACL in his knee and is expected to miss at least two weeks, Farrell said.