DeWitt A mere 12 days after roasting in brutal heat during the finals of its own tournament, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team visited Christian Brothers Academy amid conditions more than 40 degrees colder.
But if the air was chilly, the Red Rams' play did not reflect it, as it used both speed and skill to leave the Brothers far behind in a 6-0 romp in front of a large and loud crowd at Alibrandi Stadium.
Going in, a lot of the talk was centered on how CBA's Eva Gordon had carried her side to a 3-0 start, scoring nine goals in those games, including all three against Chittenango and all four against East Syracuse-Minoa earlier in the week.
Quickly, though, it was apparent that Gordon would be a non-factor on this night. Every time she got near the ball, J-D defenders Jenna Hayward and Stephanie Mannion, helped by midfielder Caroline Kopp, would tail Gordon, and the double and triple teams would prove effective.'
More effective, though, was the J-D's quick and exciting attack tore CBA's defense apart, finding all kinds of ways to put the ball in the net.
Less than six minutes into the game, Maddy Devereaux's corner kick slid to the middle, where a charging Jessica Holmes poked it past Courtney Henderson. In the 27th minute, Devereaux, this time in the middle, rocketed a hard right-footed shot into the right side of the net to make it 2-0.
Already in trouble, CBA made it worse late in the half when one of its defenders accidentally headed Devereaux's cross from the right backwards, over Henderson's head and home for an 'own goal', and it was 3-0 going into halftime.
After watching her younger sister control the first half, Tessa Devereaux had her big moments in the second half, after Ella DiGiovanni headed home a corner kick that expanded the margin to 4-0.