HORNELL — The Dansville Mustangs put together a great second half, scoring four unanswered goals in order to cruise to the 5-2 win over No. 11 Waterloo Wednesday evening at Maple City Park in Hornell.

“Our second half was much better, that’s for sure. We tend to let everyone score first anyway, so we are used to playing from behind. We’ve come back a few games and won,” said Dansville head coach Steve French. “And tonight, their keeper was amazing. We could have scored ten goals in the second half if it hadn’t been for him. Tonight it was just attrition, and usually the better team is going to be able to wear the other one down.”

The Mustangs were in control in the early portions of the contest, but Waterloo was able to take advantage of its early chances in order to take a couple early leads over Dansville.

In the 22nd minute of play, the Indians found a way to put a ball into the middle of the box in Dansville’s defensive zone. That’s where Joseph Castiglione put a header onto the ball and into the back of the net.

The Mustangs responded with just over five minutes left tin the first half in order to tie the game. Sven Barth showed off his quickness in the box to get past a defender and then placed a great pass to Stefen Entwistle who finished the chance from just in front of the net.

But Waterloo took advantage of another chance just two minutes later in order to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. Once again, it was Castiglione who finished a chance with just a small amount of space to take the lead at the break.

In the second half, the Mustangs exploded and took control of the game. The Mustangs used a big play offense in order to generate some great chances throughout the entire second half, and got the scoring started early in the frame.

Andrew Vogler pushed a deep pass downfield, and Entwistle chased it down and then fired a hard shot into the right side of the night to tie the game up at 2-2.

“The kids have really figured things out over the second half of the season on offense. I really lit into the kids at halftime because I was not pleased, but we came out in the second and played much better,” said French.

The Mustangs then took their first lead of the game in the 16th minute of play when Vogler made an absolutely incredible series of moves through several defenders before tickling the twine with a hard shot across the left side of the goal.

Four minutes later, Dansville made it a two-goal lead when a ball flew into the box. It bounced around a few times before landing at the foot of Jacob Avery, who promptly buried his shot into the goal to make it 4-2.

Then with just two minutes left, Vogler put a perfect pass to to Entwistle who ripped a shot. That was stopped by the goalie, but Vogler grabbed the rebound and easily finished the chance to bring the score to its 5-2 final.

No. 6 Dansville (6-9-1) now plays No. 3 Hornell on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Maple City Park.

“I like playing Wednesday and Saturday, because that way you don’t have to go for a week without playing. And to get a game on this turf, where we will be again this weekend, it was huge,” said French.