Nov 05, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Having waited so long to get that elusive first Section III Class A championship, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team only had to wait 12 months to get the second.
With a ferocious attack that struck early and often to drain out all the suspense about the outcome, the Red Rams dismissed Whitesboro 6-1 Friday night at SUNY-Cortland and earned back-to-back sectional titles
One of the many advantages J-D had going into the final was the experience of playing – and succeeding – in last year’s sectional final, a 4-0 dismissal of East Syracuse-Minoa. Now the Rams behaved in a similar manner, using its speed and skill to subdue a solid Whitesboro squad that carried a 16-2 record into the title game.
J-D didn’t waste any time applying pressure on Whitesboro and going out in front. Just 3:59 into the game, Tessa Devereaux intercepted a clearing pass and passed it to Jessica Holmes, streaking up the middle. Holmes drilled a shot past Warrior goalie Rachel Edgin, and J-D had a 1-0 lead.
Keeping the ball in Whitesboro’s end most of the time, the Rams looked to add to its margin. In the 15th minute, J-D got a corner kick. Maddy Devereaux, from the left, hit a low pass to the middle, and Tessa Devereaux’s touch shot eluded a diving Edgin and found the net to make it 2-0.
Not satisfied with that, J-D increased the margin to 3-0 in the 25th minute, Holmes putting together a spectacular individual effort. The sophomore took the ball 30 or so yards from the net, dribbled and wove around two defenders, and fit a hard, low shot inside the right post.
At halftime, it stood 3-0, and it nearly was much more as the Rams, especially Holmes and Devereaux, had point-blank shots that just missed the mark. But the margin hardly mattered, as Whitesboro only had two organized attacks the entire half and didn’t take a direct shot at J-D goalie Emma Esposito.
Less than six minutes into the second half, Tessa Devereaux returned with a charge down the left side and a shot that glanced off the right post and into the net, increasing the margin to 4-0.
Whitesboro finally got on the board in the 51st minute, Ashley Williams putting in an unassisted goal off a J-D turnover, and put on some more pressure in the late stages, but the Rams were too far ahead to get caught. And J-D sealed it as Olivia Ferlenda scored off a feed from the right corner by Emily Nuss with 5:46 left and Nuss herself converted with 3:01 to play.
J-D will play again Tuesday night at West Genesee High School against Section II champion Burnt Hills in the first part of the Class A regional playoffs. In all, two regional wins are required for the Red Rams to advance to the Nov. 19-20 state final four in the Cortland/Homer area.