Dansville 2 Bath-Haverling 2 (O.T.)
On Thursday (Sept. 24) night at “the Rock” in the “Steuben County Seat” both teams had the lead, & both teams had some chances in regulation & in overtime as well, but the game between Dansville & Bath-Haverling would wind up a 2-2 knot in Livingston County Division One girls soccer action. Both teams were shorthanded as Dansville lost Baylie Harnish to a knee injury, while the Rams were without Mackenzie Smith who’ll be attending tryouts for the National 19-Under Developmental Soccer team in California. So both benches were on the slim side. After a lot of volleying around in the early going, Dansville managed to get on the board first with 26:38 showing on the first half timer. Leah Whiteman slid a nice pass through the crease at the top of the box from left to right where Taylor Graves ran onto the ball & buried it in the lower right-hand corner giving the red & black the lead ! Moments before the goal, Bath had a golden opportunity when goalie Katie Chan came out to cut down the angle on a shot. The Rams slipped a quick pass to the right where a shot was taken, but defender Maddie Farrell made a sensational save sliding back & deflecting the shot away from the goal mouth ! The Rams would bounce right back about 13 minutes later when they would tie things up. Junior middie Kendall Armstrong curled around the top of the right side of the box & let a 20 yard shot fly with her right foot & found the opposite top-shelf corner making it a 1-1 tie with 13:37 remaining in the half. The blue & white took the lead with 7:22 showing when Madelyn Czajkowski took a ball to the end line, brought it back out & nailed a shot with a lot of topspin on it. The Dansville keeper shaded over to grab it, & the ball rolled up her arm, over her shoulder & kept rolling into the net giving Bath a 2-1 lead at the half.
In the 2nd half the Lady Mustangs would eventually tie it up again. There was 24:44 left in regulation when Leah Whiteman slid a pass from the left wing inside the box on the left where teammate Kate Ferguson would race to the spot & then eluded a defender in the left side of the box & fired one into the lower corner making it tie again at 2-2. “Defense” dominated on both sides during the remainder of “regulation”, & also throughout the 20 minutes of overtime. Each team turned up the Neither team could break through as the Mustangs & Rams settled for a 2-2 tied through O.T. The numbers were fairly even as Bath had 19 shots to Dansville’s 17. The Lady Mustangs took 4 corners to 2 for Bath (both of those in overtime.) In goal, Katie Chan made 8 saves, while Jadyn Abrams was credited with 8 saves as well. Dansville hosts Livonia on Saturday (Sept. 26) morning at “the Corral” starting bright & early at 11am. Bath will battle Hornell at Maple City Park under the lights on Saturday night at 7pm.