Big surge pushes J-D girls soccer past CBA

Red Rams score five times in second half

— At any time, and with any provocation, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team can unload a tremendous amount of scoring power on any opponent - even one as familiar as Christian Brothers Academy.

Such was the case again Tuesday afternoon, as the Red Rams jumped all over the Brothers in a 15-minute second-half outburst, turning a tight battle into a 7-1 rout.

J-D, who sat at 11-0-1 and no. 8 in the state Class A rankings had beaten CBA 6-0 back on Sept. 15 at Alibrandi Stadium, but remembered that, in the aftermath of a similar rout in 2010, the Brothers had won the rematch on the Rams' home field.

The odds of that happening again appeared quite long. CBA, coming off a 2-2 draw with East Syracuse-Minoa on Oct. 7 where Olivia Pitonzo had scored both goals in the first half, had seen its top goalie, Courtney Henderson, go down with a season-ending ankle injury late in September. Sophomore Lindsey Evans had taken her place.

Just 5:26 into the game, CBA had a brief reason to smile as Eva Gordon's hard shot from the right side glanced off a J-D defender enough to fly past Rams goalie Abbey Smith. That lead lasted all of four minutes, though, as Emily Elbers flew a free kick into the top left corner of the net to tie it, 1-1.

Tessa Devereaux, closing in on 100 career goals, missed a penalty kick in the 28th minute, but six minutes later she took a pass from Jessica Holmes and cleverly dribbled around a charging Evans before depositing the ball in the open net to put J-D in front for good.

Still, at 2-1, the Brothers were not out of it - at least until the early part of the second half, when, off a corner kick, Ella DiGiovanni poked home a rebound, increasing the margin to 3-1.

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