DANSVILLE – The Dansville Mustangs beat Letchworth in a hard game Saturday night as both teams put out inspiring effort and skill.
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Dansville coach Arin Belden said that the game was very intense and physical all around, and that Dansville showed incredible perseverance after coming back from being down 2-0 to tie up the game and later seal the deal with a final score of 4-3.
“Our game was certainly anything but a sleeper,” said Coach Arin Belden. “Tonight was our senior night and a great win not only for our team but also for my seniors. This senior class is truly a special group of young ladies and I couldn’t be happier for them. I was really proud of how our team responded to getting down 2-0 and how we never gave up. This is truly a testament to my girls and their character.”
Coach Belden said that the game was 0-0 until 19:43 left in the second half, when Letchworth’s Kelsey Hastings scored. Dansville then had a point-blank chance just moments later to tie that skimmed the top cross bar and sailed high. Hastings then found the net again with 12:55 left in the game to make it 2-0 Letchworth.
The Mustangs did not quit and came back from a deficit. They got on the board with 7:16 left in the game when Leah Whiteman cleared up a rebound of a corner kick. The girls kept up the pressure and it finally paid off when Dansville’s Grace Wearkely slotted the ball past Letchworth’s keeper off of a Maddie Farrell direct kick with just 55 seconds left in the game sending it to overtime.
The score remained tied after the first 10 minute period. Kate Ferguson changed all that when she scored at the 7:05 mark of the second overtime session. Yvonne Ceder then added the fourth goal for the Mustangs with 1:23 left in the game on a cross from Mackenzie Lawless.
Letchworth then scored again with just 51 seconds left when the ball was miscleared and squirted through the hands of goalkeeper Katie Chan, who turned to fall on it, but the ref called it as already over the line.
Dansville’s record goes to 5-7-2. Next game is Tuesday at home vs. Bath at 4:30 p.m.