Though they would have to go in separate directions once the Section III playoffs started, the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy girls soccer teams always enjoy their mutual encounters.
So it was fitting that the regular season ended with the Red Rams and Brothers squaring off at Alibrandi Stadium, a battle that turned exciting in the second half before a quick late flurry gave J-D a 3-1 victory.
They had gone to overtime on Sept. 25, J-D prevailing 2-1 on Jessica Holmes’ goal, and there was no question that the Brothers put its defensive focus on Holmes in the second encounter.
Sophomore sweeper Alexa Radziewicz stayed right with Holmes, never giving her space to run, and with some help from other defenders, that kept the Rams off the board in a 0-0 first half where neither side gained lots of traction.
All of that changed midway through the second half, though, as sophomore Amber Hyatt scored in the 58th minute off a pass from freshman Alex Fontana to put J-D up 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Eva Gordon’s superb 30-yard kick into the top right corner of the net tied it, 1-1.
And there it stayed until a frantic sequence late in regulation. With 10:18 left, CBA turned it over, and again the ball went to Fontana, who again found Hyatt, streaking in on the left side, and Hyatt’s low shot sped past CBA goalie Lindsey Evans into the net.
Less than 90 seconds later, the Rams attacked again, and Holmes, finally with some room to operate, drilled a 25-yard shot into the net for J-D’s insurance goal.
They had both played on Tuesday, and both had won, though in varying manners. J-D shut out Cortland 3-0, while CBA had to rally from behind to edge Mexico 3-2.
J-D, on its home field for the last time in the regular season, applied relentless pressure against Cortland, taking 18 shots, but only led 1-0 at halftime before getting away in the late going.