Perhaps some respect is returning to the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team, just as it turns its attention to the quest for a fifth straight Section III Class A title.
With just one defeat on its card, the Red Rams moved back up to the no. 11 spot in the state Class A rankings. More importantly, all of its potent pieces appear to be sliding into shape in time for the latest post-season appearance.
J-D went to 7-4-3 Homer last Tuesday night and, mostly on the basis of a big effort from sophomore Paige Sherling, took apart the Trojans in a 5-0 shutout.
Even though the Rams had beaten Homer 4-1 back on Sept. 20, it didn’t take anything for granted on the road, roaring to a 2-0 edge by halftime and going even further, mainly thanks to Sherling.
Nothing the Trojans’ defense tried worked against Sherling, who poured in a season-best four goals. Caroline Kopp also found the net, while Ciara Norris got credit for an assist. Then J-D’s defense made that big advantage stick up, Alli Butler turning back all seven shots she faced.
A night later, Christian Brothers Academy went up against East Syracuse-Minoa, and the result was an exciting first half where the Brothers went out in front, and would manage to keep that advantage the rest of the way to beat the Spartans 4-2.
All of the production came in the first half. ESM found some success as Sarah Britton twice found the net and Caitlin Gagen earned an assist, but CBA had ample answers as Eva Gordon earned two goals, with Emily Ehle and Hailey Dobbins also finding the net.
But as loud as the first half was, the second half was just that quiet. The Brothers were unable to get away, but the Spartans were just as incapable of catching up. Sarah DeJohn, in defeat, had 10 saves for ESM as CBA goalie Lindsey Evans had five saves.