Wayland-Cohocton 2 Dansville O
Hard to believe, but Wednesday (Oct. 7) night at the Sports Complex, the Wayland-Cohocton girls soccer team celebrated “senior night!” Where has the time gone? A handful of graduating seniors were saluted including Ashlee Schumacher, Madison Lewis, Sarah Joseph, Marissa Schirmer, & Jessie Hammers. The contest marked the final regular season home game for these players. There certainly was some emotion. That was true on the field where the Dansville Lady Mustangs awaited as well. The 2 teams had met earlier in the season at “the corral” where Wayland-Cohocton claimed a 6-0 victory. This time around coach Arin Belden’s team wanted to send a statement, as the Mustangs have indeed improved since that initial meeting.
The game opened as a “defensive battle”….which it would remain throughout. Wayland-Cohocton had the better of the play in the first half spending much of the playing time in the Mustangs end of the field. With about 15 minutes left Wayland-Cohocton came centimeters from scoring when a ball on the left side of the box drew the goalie & much of the defense that way. The Eagles slid the ball across from left to right. It was redirected by the inside of the near post. But, chasing the ball from behind, Dansville’s Leah Whiteman deflected the ball away to the outside of the post…essentially saving a goal. So close…but….so far ! Both teams’ defenses would continue to be stingy. The first big break fell Wayland Coocton’s way when one of the Golden Eagles went down in the box with just 2:02 left. Jessie Hammers stepped to the stripe & promptly delivered a bullet which made it 1-0 Golden Eagles. That score would remain until the24:48 mark when Madison Lewis chased down a ball near the end line & rolled back up top. She took the ball from left to right & let a shot fly that found the back of the net from about 18 yards out. That’s the way it would end as Way-Coh whitewashed the Eagles in a 2-0 final.
Wayland-Cohocton (13-1) saw Ashlee Shumacher earn the shutout while stoping 7 shots. The Golden Eagles would out shoot Danville 24-11 in the game while the home team also held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Katie Chan had 15 saves for the Mustangs (4-7-2). Wayland-Cohocton visits Livonia on Tuesday (Oct. 13) at 6:30pm….as Dansville is in action Saturday (Oct. 10) as they’ll celebrate “senior night” at Ralph Clements Field against Letchworth at 6:30pm.