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ESM, J-D to meet for Class A soccer title

Two conversions followed, Danielle Steigerwald keeping the Spartans in the lead. In the fourth round, though, ESM goalie Casie Auricchio made the save, and when Olivia Chopskie scored, ESM, by a 4-2 margin, lived on.

Hours earlier, J-D survived its own battle with no. 3 seed Watertown, without the need for overtime or a shoot-out.

Even though it dominated the flow of play and had a majority of the scoring chances, J-D could not score in the first half and much of the second half, and the occasional counter-attack from the Cyclones exposed the danger of keeping the game at 0-0.

Finally, with 14:38 to play, the Red Rams broke through. Tessa Devereaux took the ball at the point, turned and dribbled and, from 20 yards out, fired a low shot past diving Watertown goalie Taylor Upton and into the right side of the net.

That margin would hold up, and J-D would play ESM. The Spartans have won six previous sectional championships, but the Red Rams are still in search of a first title, having lost last year's final to Cortland.

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