Nov 03, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
For the Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer teams, making the trek down to SUNY-Cortland to play for a Section III Class A championship is turning into a familiar rite.
Both the Red Rams and Hornets went there a year ago – J-D winning a sectional title for the first time, F-M denied its first championship since 1996 – and both are going back after their work in Tuesday night’s semifinals.
J-D, the top seed in Class A, ousted no. 5 seed Cortland 3-0 at Marcellus High School. Meanwhile, F-M, a no. 7 seed, continued its surprising run through the playoffs by going to Chittenango and, with a big second-half surge, knocking off no. 6 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 4-1.
For the Hornets, this was yet another case of sweet payback. When they had last met the Northstars, on Oct. 4 at Swan Pond, it had ended 1-0 in CNS’s favor. But a month later, F-M was a more confident bunch, thanks in large part to its AA quarterfinal upset of no. 2 seed and defending champion CBA, also a 1-0 decision (and revenge for losing the 2009 final to the Brothers).
Having played stellar defense to oust CBA, the Hornets again stood up well here. Mollie Caputo, Meghan Kingsley, Marilyn Farrell and the rest of F-M’s back line continued to turn away most of the chances, and Nina Quigley’s improvement continued as she made eight saves, including the top of a penalty kick.
All this gave F-M time to work through a 0-0 first half. And once Bri Dolan beat Miranda Tanner for the go-ahead goal early in the second half, the Hornets really started to take over.
Dolan would add a second goal, while Brenna Kincaid (who had the goal to beat CBA) landed one goal and one assist, and Allison Baynes also found the net. Sarah Rosenbaum added an assist.
Now F-M, in the AA title game, will try and pull off the victory it could not claim a year ago in the finals, this time meeting top seed Baldwinsville, the champions from 2008 who needed overtime to eliminate Liverpool 1-0 in its semifinal. Game time at SUNY-Cortland is 6:30.
J-D, meanwhile, is looking for two straight sectional titles, a fact made possible by the steady, relentless effort it made to eliminate Cortland, a team it had already conquered 2-0 back on Oct. 5 and who needed overtime just to get past Homer in the Class A quarterfinals.
As in that first game, Tessa Devereaux would convert, putting the Red Rams ahead 1-0. For the rest of the half, J-D applied a fair amount of pressure, but could not add to its margin.
The Rams started to get a cushion, though, when Devereaux scored again in the second half and fellow forward Jessica Holmes also converted. Meanwhile, Cortland only got a handful of chance against J-D’s underrated defense, as Emma Esposito only had to make four saves.
On Friday at 5 p.m., J-D will go up against no. 2 seed Whitesboro in the Class A finals. The Warriors are 17-2, having beaten New Hartford 2-0 and Chittenango 2-1 to get this far.