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Former West Fargo soccer players Austin Dillard (left) and Jade Johnson have been contributing to Jamestown College's run through the NAIA tournament.

Former Packers aid in Jimmies' playoff run

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Two years after graduating from West Fargo High School, former Packers' soccer players Austin Dillard and Jade Johnson continue to find success in the sport at Jamestown College.

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Forward Johnson and midfielder Dillard were key contributors in the Jimmies' championship victory in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Tournament.

In the semifinals of the A.I.I. tournament against the University of Houston-Victoria, Johnson scored a goal late in the game to tie it up at three goals each. The Jimmies would go on to win in a shootout.

In the championship game of that tournament, Dillard scored an unassisted goal in the first half en route to a 3-0 victory over Ashford University, Iowa.

Johnson was also named to the A.I.I. Conference All-Tournament Team.

The Jimmies advanced to NAIA tournament, where they defeated the Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears - a team that beat the Jimies twice during the regular season - by a score of 1-0 on Saturday.

In that match, Johnson scored the lone goal in the first half.

The Jimmies are currently 16-4-1 in just the sixth season of the program. The victory over the Battlin' Bears marks the program's first ever NAIA Tournament win.

Johnson is tied for the team lead with 12 goals and eight assists on the season. He also leads the team with four game-winning goals.

Dillard has the fourth-highest goal total on the team with four.

The team now advances to the "Sweet 16" of the NAIA Tournament and are set to take on the Auburn University at Montgomery Warhawks in Alabama on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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