continued This quartet, all sophomore except for Austin (a junior), offered the protection, but goalkeeper Allison Butler still had to handle her fair share of shots.
As the second half wore on, the Warriors' pressure picked up. No moment was more alarming than the scramble in the 65th minute, where Butler was out of position for a possible tying shot - only to have Kopp kick the ball away on the goal line.
Ashley Williams got one more free kick, from 20 yards out, with five minutes to play, but Butler caught it, one of nine saves she made on the night.
J-D's sectional title was particularly special for Holmes and Maddy Devereaux, the team's two lone seniors, who have been a part of all four championship sides, dating back to 2009.
"We're a young team, but having Jessica and Maddy is special," said Nies. "They know what it takes to get there."
Now comes the elusive part, as J-D for a fourth time goes into the state tournament, still in search of its first final four appearance. It will again meet Burnt Hills, winners of the last nine Section II titles, Tuesday at Fulton in the opening regional round.