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J-D girls soccer fights past ESM

Boys Red Rams still unbeaten, host charity event

Jamesville-DeWitt eighth-grader Allie Balotin (15) tries to run past a Fulton defender in last Friday’s game. Balotin earned a goal in the Red Rams’ 7-1 victory.

Jamesville-DeWitt eighth-grader Allie Balotin (15) tries to run past a Fulton defender in last Friday’s game. Balotin earned a goal in the Red Rams’ 7-1 victory. Sue Ellen Holmes

In the first of their two regular-season encounters, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team got quite a battle from East Syracuse-Minoa last Tuesday night, but still did enough to beat the Spartans 2-0 and remain undefeated.

Owning the no. 8 state Class A ranking, the Red Rams controlled possession of the ball throughout the game against ESM, but didn’t always find success as Spartan goalie Casie Auricchio had a superb outing, recording 12 saves.

Still, J-D got goals from Tessa Devereaux and Ella DiGiovanni, one in each half, to get in front. Jessica Holmes and Olivia Ferlenda got credit for assists, and the Rams’ defense limited ESM to just four shots.

Moving on from this, the Rams bashed Fulton 7-1 on Friday night, exploding for five goals in the first half to put the Red Raiders away early.

Holmes could not be stopped, scoring twice and adding three assists. Maddy Devereaux also had three assists as Tessa Devereaux managed two goals and one assist. Allie Balotin, Paige Sherling and Ell DiGiovanni put in one goal apiece.

As this went on, J-D’s boys soccer team, who held the no. 3 spot in the first state Class A poll oft he season, went for eight in a row against Fowler and had to fight hard to edge past the Falcons 1-0.

Through a scoreless first half, the Rams had a majority of the chances, but could not convert. But it had time to work because the defense, led by Dan Canfield, Eric Nuss and Jesse Evensky, held Fowler to just four shots. Thus, when Jimmy Fazio broke the 0-0 deadlock with his unassisted second-half goal, it proved enough.

When the Red Rams played Mexico on Saturday, the varsity and JV teams hosted the Sally A. Lock Charity Games, benefiting ovarian cancer research. More than $2,400 was raised in the first edition in 2010, when J-D faced Baldwinsville.

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