F-M girls soccer edges J-D in tourney final

Hornets make three comebacks, beat Rams in PK's

— Through a long and hot Saturday afternoon, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer teams slugged it out in the championship game of J-D's fifth annual King of the Hill Tournament.

And when it finally ended, it was the Hornets on top, beating the Red Rams in a penalty-kick shoot-out after they played to a 2-2 draw in regulation and a 3-3 tie at the end of two overtime periods.

Three times, J-D went out in front, showing the skill and excitement level that has made them back-to-back Section III Class A champions. Each of those three times, F-M would come back.

With hot temperatures and a heat index near triple digits, the Rams wasted little time, seizing a 1-0 lead on Maddy Devereaux's hard shot from the right side 4:13 into the game. Barely a minute later, F-M sophomore Alexis Muraco, off a perfect feed from junior Cheyenne Hall, burst through the Rams' defenders and beat Abbey Smith to tie it.

J-D dominated the rest of the first half, doing its best work after mandated breaks, at 15-minute intervals, for water to deal with the heat. Only the spectacular play of F-M goalie Nina Quigley, who made several charging stops to keep the likes of Jessica Holmes, Tessa Devereaux and Maddy Devereaux from putting it in the net, kept it at 1-1.

They remained tied until the 58th minute, when J-D eighth-grader Allie Balotin deflected home Maddy Devereaux's corner kick. That 2-1 lead didn't last, either, as Hall tied it by curving in a free kick off a Rams defender.

Overtime involves a pair of 15-minute periods, played out in full. Worn down by the humidity, J-D still took a 3-2 edge in the first OT on freshman Caroline Kopp's goal, only to have F-M come back again in the second extra period as Hall scored for the second time.

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