Though she may not have been one of the marquee figures going into the game, Amber Hyatt emerged as the main character in the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team’s latest conquest of Christian Brothers Academy.
It was Hyatt, scoring her first career varsity hat trick, leading the Red Rams past the visiting Brothers 4-2 last Friday afternoon, completing a regular-season sweep as J-D had prevailed by a 2-0 margin at Alibrandi Stadium on Sept. 17.
Unlike that first meeting, CBA would get on the board, and did so in the first half, matching the Rams’ production and forging a 1-1 tie as the two neighbors went to halftime.
But as the pace quickened, J-D kept on attacking, and it led to a big second half, especially for Hyatt, who kept finding her way to the net and kept converting until she had picked up three goals on the afternoon.
Alex Fontana had J-D’s other goal, with Paige Sherling and Ella DiGiovanni getting the other goals. Allison Butler made seven saves as, for CBA, Hailey Dobbins scored one goal and assisted on the other, by Kate Lacasse.
Both J-D and CBA had close calls early in the week before squaring off again. The Red Rams had to pull out a 2-1 victory at Chittenango last Tuesday, a night after the Brothers fought past Cortland by a slim 1-0 margin.
CBA went first, going through a scoreless first half with the Purple Tigers, even though it had the ball most of the time and kept putting pressure on Cortland goalkeer Quinn Doubet, who would make eight saves.
Less than five minutes into the second half, though, Anna Schug flashed open and, taking a pass from Eva Gordon, beat Doubet for the go-ahead goal. Then the Brothers’ defense did the rest, holding the Purple Tigers to just three shots as it broke up most of the visitors’ chances.