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J-D, ESM, CBA soccer win league openers

Spartans' Wall, Brothers' Gordon both land hat tricks

— An exciting local girls soccer battle is shaping up within the Onondga High School League’s Freedom division, where Jamesville-DeWitt, Christian Brothers Academy and East Syracuse-Minoa could all rise to the top.

All three sides would win their respective league openers last Tuesday by lopsided margins. The Red Rams handled Fulton 5-0, while the Spartans smashed Mexico 7-0 and the Brothers, in its 2011 season opener, blanked Chittenango 3-0.

J-D had come off a fierce effort in the finals of its own King of the Hill Tournament on Labor Day weekend, where it lost in the finals to Fayetteville-Manlius in a penalty-kick shoot-out.

Unhappy with that result, the Rams opened league play at Fulton. It steadily wore the Red Raiders down and, more importantly, showing nice offensive balance.

Jessica Holmes scored twice, with Tessa Devereaux and Maddy Devereaux both finishing with one goal and one assist. Jenna Hayward had the other goal as Emily Elbers also earned an assist.

ESM, who had opened with a win at Homer on Sept. 2, played a near-flawless first half against Mexico, blazing out to a 6-0 lead by halftime to erase the suspense.

Amanda Wall set the pace, managing a three-goal hat trick and adding an assist. Olivia Chopskie found the net twice, while Alex McEachron and Kaitlyn Shaughnessy also scored. Julie Steinhauer and Haley Wodarczyk earned assists.

CBA plays in the OHSL Freedom division, but moves up to Class AA for the Section III playoffs. A year ago, the Brothers went 13-1-2 in the regular season, but with a no. 2 seed in the AA playoffs it took a stunning 1-0 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius in the quarterfinals.

Remembering that result, the Brothers, minus eight departed seniors from that roster, began a new season with a strong all-around effort at Chittenango, especially from its talented sophomore forward, Eva Gordon.

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