DeWitt Though they’re both situated in the Onondaga High School League’s Freedom division, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer team will meet just once in the regular season, on Oct. 6.
A month before that, though, the Red Rams and Brothers would get long looks at each other while competing against OHSL Liberty division powers Westhill and Marcellus in a two-day, two-venue festival to open the 2011 slate.
J-D is, of course, coming off its first-ever Section III Class A title and returns several stars from that team, including Jimmy Fazio, Pablo Martinez, Noel Harrison, Dan Canfield, Andrew Lee and Jesse Evensky.
CBA was 11-6 a season ago, but could really push for Class AA supremacy this fall. It brings back two big stars to the fold - Manny Collins, who played football in 2010, and Will Bunn, who spent the last school year as an exchange student in Spain.
Collins and Bunn made immediate contributions in the first doubleheader on Thursday at Alibrandi Stadium, leading the Brothers past Marcellus 6-0.
On its way to a 5-0 halftime lead, Collins scored twice, the second one off a beautiful touch feed from Bunn. Matt Marzocchi and Andrew DePerro matched Bunn with one goal and one assist, while eighth-grader George Dise scored in his varsity debut.
By stark contrast, J-D’s battle with Westhill proved tight and tense, but the Red Rams held on to beat the Warriors 1-0.
J-D controlled the ball for much of the first half with a series of attacks. But it could not convert until the 39th minute, when sophomore Adam Resetarits was tripped inside the 18-yard box. Fazio converted the ensuing penalty kick.
Gradually, as the second half wore on Westhill started to get more chances. J-D was ready for it, though, as defenders Evensky, Canfield, Jamie McBurney, Eric Nuss and Lucas Johnson turned away all possible chances and goalie Tom Lukow was solid, too.