J-D girls blast Whitesboro, repeats as Class A champs

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.

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