It's not often that the Dallastown girls' soccer team is the one out for revenge come York-Adams League playoff time.
Usually it's the other way around. But Tuesday night it was the Wildcats who were looking for a little payback against a Susquehannock team that handed them a 1-0 loss earlier in the season.
Winners of the past four league titles, Dallastown took a big step toward making it five in a row. Spurred by Kelsi Druck's first-half goal, the Wildcats tacked on two insurance tallies in the second half en route to a 3-0 victory at Northeastern.
The triumph sets up the Division I champions for a showdown with Dover, who knocked off South Western, 4-0, in the other semifinal Tuesday at Spring Grove. The Eagles entered the playoffs as the third-seeded team from Division II, yet are just one win away from a league crown.
"It was a great effort," Dallastown head coach Barry Barbush said. "Our defense moved around very well in the second half."
Druck's goal was set up by Wildcat speedster Megan Newmister, who lofted a crossing pass that Druck was barely able to get a touch on.
"I was trying to get up the sideline, but I was pushed back a little further," Druck said. "I just tried to get up (the field) as fast as I could and get a touch on it. I didn't think I was going to get a touch on it, but I actually just got there in time."
That goal helped the Wildcats overcome a bit of a mental block that developed over the course of their last battle with Susquehannock and the first half of this one.
"That first goal was the key," Barbush said. "In our first match against them, we had nine really quality shots and their keeper (Ashley Stone) made some great saves against us. We just couldn't put the ball into the net and lost 1-0."
Alaina Curry, who suffered an injury to her head in Saturday's 2-1 quarterfinal victory over York Catholic, doubled the lead in the second half when she converted on a feed from Brittany Temple.
"The far side was wide open and their defense was completely pushed over," Curry said. "Brittany had it on the right side and did a beautiful cross and it was just me and the goalie."
Abby Jones finished the scoring when she converted on Newmister's second assist of the night.
Dallastown outshot the Warriors, 14-4, and led 7-2 in corners. Wildcat goalie Becca Austin finished with four saves, while Stone had 11 in the loss.
OTHER GIRLS SOCCER
DOVER 4, SOUTH WESTERN 0: At Spring Grove, the Eagles dominated the Mustangs behind three goals from freshman Brooke Firestone to earn its berth in the title match.
Maxine Herman also excelled for the Eagles with a goal and two assists. Paige Hartman also had an assist for the winners.
Dover's starting goalie, Marcie Gerrick, was knocked out of the game late in the second half when she was injured after colliding with a South Western player. She was replaced by sophomore Alexis Swartz, who made four saves to preserve the shutout.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.