East Syracuse-Minoa’s boys soccer team holds the Section III Class A crown after its unlikely 2011 run to the state final four. Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy are determined to snatch that crown from the Spartans’ head.
Now the three neighbors are all together in the Class A ranks after CBA, along with Fowler, moved down from Class AA, adding further excitement to every meeting between the trio.
In Fact, ESM meets both J-D and CBA this week, but only after all the sides got a chance to open their respective seasons with winning efforts.
Bad weather on Tuesday kept the Spartans from opening at Mexico, but the game was made up 24 hours later and ESM pounced, nearly reaching double digits on the scoreboard in a 9-0 romp over the Tigers.
It was 5-0 by halftime, but the Spartans kept going as seven different players found the net by game’s end as Jacob Kohlbrenner had two goals and one assist and Cole Belcher also scored twice.
Chris Schiavone and Sam Baadani both picked up one goal and one assist, with Jarrett Temple, Tyler Ott and Erik Langlois also getting goals. Esad Tihic, Irfan Tihic and Dane Greabell earned one assist apiece.
Back home Thursday night to face Cortland, the Spartans shook off the possible stress of back-to-back contests and, while the offense cooled off a bit, still managed to tame the Purple Tigers 3-0.
Much of the night was spent in Cortland’s end, where ESM kept seeing shots scooped up by Purple Tigers goalie Brian Litzenberger as he piled up 19 saves.
Still, the Spartans grabbed a 1-0 halftime lead and pulled away in the late going, mostly due to Dan Lewis, who scored one goal and assisted on tallies by Belcher and Baadani.
J-D, meanwhile, did get to play last Tuesday, against Fulton, whom ESM beat 1-0 in last fall’s sectional final. An impressive effort, especially in the second half, helped the Red Rams smash the Red Raiders 6-0.