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J-D wins fifth straight girls soccer sectional title

Red Rams survive long OT duel with ESM, 1-0

Jamesville-DeWitt's girls soccer team won its fifth consecutive Section III Class A championship Saturday night at SUNY-Cortland when it defeated East Syracuse-Minoa 1-0 in three overtimes, prevailing on Paige Sherling's goal at the end of the third OT. The Red Rams will face Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Tuesday's regional playoff game.

Jamesville-DeWitt's girls soccer team won its fifth consecutive Section III Class A championship Saturday night at SUNY-Cortland when it defeated East Syracuse-Minoa 1-0 in three overtimes, prevailing on Paige Sherling's goal at the end of the third OT. The Red Rams will face Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Tuesday's regional playoff game. Timothy Van Camp Jr.

Just as the first of these sudden-victory periods was winding down, the Rams earned a free kick. Kopp hit it into a scrum of players in front of the ESM net, and the ball bounced around until Paige Sherling got a foot on it and pushed a shot that eluded Goodhines and found the net.

In an instant, J-D had won, and ESM was heartbroken, even as the Spartans could take solace in a 12-7-1 season that pushed them to the brink of glory.

J-D earned that glory, though, and now faces yet another Class A regional playoff against perennial Section II power Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Tuesday at Stillwater High School.

No doubt, Burnt Hills remembers how J-D stunned them 1-0 in last year's regional round at Fulton, atoning for three straight defeats to that same team in the regionals from 2009 to '11.

Now the Red Rams meets the Spartans for a fifth straight year in the regional round - which is getting as traditional as J-D claiming sectional honors.

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