For the Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer teams, making the trek down to SUNY-Cortland to play for a Section III Class A championship is turning into a familiar rite.
Both the Red Rams and Hornets went there a year ago - J-D winning a sectional title for the first time, F-M denied its first championship since 1996 - and both are going back after their work in Tuesday night's semifinals.
J-D, the top seed in Class A, ousted no. 5 seed Cortland 3-0 at Marcellus High School. Meanwhile, F-M, a no. 7 seed, continued its surprising run through the playoffs by going to Chittenango and, with a big second-half surge, knocking off no. 6 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 4-1.
For the Hornets, this was yet another case of sweet payback. When they had last met the Northstars, on Oct. 4 at Swan Pond, it had ended 1-0 in CNS's favor. But a month later, F-M was a more confident bunch, thanks in large part to its AA quarterfinal upset of no. 2 seed and defending champion CBA, also a 1-0 decision (and revenge for losing the 2009 final to the Brothers).
Having played stellar defense to oust CBA, the Hornets again stood up well here. Mollie Caputo, Meghan Kingsley, Marilyn Farrell and the rest of F-M's back line continued to turn away most of the chances, and Nina Quigley's improvement continued as she made eight saves, including the top of a penalty kick.
All this gave F-M time to work through a 0-0 first half. And once Bri Dolan beat Miranda Tanner for the go-ahead goal early in the second half, the Hornets really started to take over.
Dolan would add a second goal, while Brenna Kincaid (who had the goal to beat CBA) landed one goal and one assist, and Allison Baynes also found the net. Sarah Rosenbaum added an assist.