Bath-Haverling 4 Dansville 0
It was “senior night” at “the Rock Sports Complex” in the Southern Tier Political Seat in Bath as the Rams hosted the Dansville Mustangs in boys soccer action. A dozen 12th grade departures were honored by their fans & families in their last home game of the 2015 fall season. Emotions are tricky & can go either way on a night like this. However on this Wednesday (Oct. 14) night, the whole thing “fired up” the home team as the Rams rolled to a 4-0 win over the Mustangs as the quartet of goals were all scored by “seniors” as well as the shut-out in goal.
In the early stages of the game it was “physicality” which was the name of the game as both teams literally “battled” for the 50/50 balls. Dansville, who has had injury problems on & off this year held their breath when senior striker Nick Vogler took a spill just outside the box about 12 minutes into the game. After being severely shaken, Vogler came back to the action about 15 minutes later to finish the game. The blue & white would get on the board twice in the first half as a couple of the evening’s honoree’s would have another reason to “take a bow”. Andres Warren let a shot fly from about 30 yards away that nicked the bottom of the crossbar & the struck the inside of the upright & wound up in the back of the net at the 26:32 mark of the first half to give the Rams all they would eventually need to post the win. But coach Matt Hill’s club kept pushing as with 14:51 remaining Bath doubled their lead when an indirect kick by Casey Hyer was sent into the box where Connor Strong would head it into the upstairs portion of the net putting the home team on top by a pair of goals at the half.
The 2nd half would wind up being a mirror image of the first 40 minutes at Bath would score 2 more times to close the night out. In the 56th minute of play Connor Strong sent a long pass over the top of the Mustangs defense where Elliott Hillman ran on it in the box & buried it. Finally with 6:36 left Casey Hyer fed Andres Warren who made a couple of nice moves with the ball before drilling it in to complete the scoring. Dansville played with more “fire” in the 2nd half & put 9 shots up which included one that hit the crossbar & another that plunked the post, but neither would find their way in.
Bath (10-4-1) outshot Dansville 31-12 in the game and had 5 corners to 3 for the Mustangs. In goal Steve Binkowski turned away a half-dozen shots…all 6 of those saves came in the 2nd half when coach Steve French’s team started to push. Steve Binkowski posted the shutout for the Rams with 6 saves while Ryan Conklin was credited with 18 stops in the setback. Dansville (6-9) hosts Livonia in their regular season’s finale on Friday (Oct. 16) afternoon at 4:30pm. Bath-Haverling heads to Hornell that night in a 6:30pm start against the Red Raiders on “the rug” at Maple City Park.