F-M, J-D advance to sectional girls soccer finals

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.

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