CALEDONIA — History has been made.

After years of struggling and battling and coming very close, the Dansville Mustangs have finally brought home a Girls Section V Championship, thanks to a 2-1 win in quadruple overtime over the Livonia Bulldogs Friday night in the Class B2 finals at Caledonia-Mumford.

The championship is the first ever female Section V Championship for Dansville, and just the third overall Section V Championship in school history.

“We had a lot of returning starters, so I knew this was possible, but to win a Sectional Title takes a lot of things to happen in your favor. I think we started to believe after I saw us play and I saw the way that all the pieces were coming together,” said Dansville head coach Arin Belden. “The chemistry that we had was unbelievable this year and this was just the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever been around. They were phenomenal.”

The accomplishment was historic, and the quality of play between the two teams matched the moment, as Dansville scored the equalizer with just under 10 minutes left in play, and then won the game with a golden goal just 30 seconds into the fourth overtime session.

The game began with both teams struggling to find any sort of offensive footing against some great defenses. In the 160 minutes that the teams met during the LCAA regular season, just two goals were scored, and the first half showed why.

The only real scoring threat that came about in the entire first half was in the 18th minute, when Livonia’s Sydney Lockwood nearly put one away from 20 yard out. Her shot started low and hard, but sailed just over top of the crossbar as the game remained scoreless all the way through the halftime break.

After the break, Livonia’s defensive strategy began to open up as the Bulldogs attempted to find what they hoped would be the game-winner. The Bulldogs began to dominate the time of possession, and then started to find some great chances between Mustang defenders.

The pressure paid off in the ninth minute of play, when Lockwood grabbed a drop pass at the 10 yard line and gently lofted a shot over everybody’s head and into the back of the net to give Livonia the 1-0 lead with just 31:39 left to play.

From there, it seemed as though the Bulldogs were going to cruise to another Class B Championship as they continued to dominate on the defensive end of the field while also controlling the time of possession.

But as the game wore on, both teams started to play with some more physicality as the Mustangs turned up the offensive pressure. And then with abut 15 minutes left to play, Dansville started to throw all of its chips in, hoping to find the game-tying goal against a team that they had yet to score against in over 230 minutes of soccer throughout the year.

Then with just under 10 minutes left to play, things aligned perfectly for the Mustangs, as the offensive pressure led to back-to-back corner kicks for Dansville. While neither resulted in a goal off of a set piece, the second kick in from the corner resulted in a penalty being called in the box, giving Dansville a penalty kick.

On the ensuing kick, Sydney Stone stepped up and fired her shot, which bounced off of the crossbar and back into play. But the rebound found the foot of Madison Lee, who quickly put a touch on the ball and fired the equalizer into the back of the net with just 9:39 left to play.

“We moved a few people around with about 15 minutes left in the game, and I think that helped us offensively. It got us a few more attacks and shifted things around to give us some momentum and a different look,” said Belden. “The goal then obviously is going to lift you up and give you some energy. We started to play better from there. They are a bunch of fighters, and that’s really what it came down to.”

From there, it was all Dansville. The Mustangs closed the game on a tear, firing a ton of shots at the net over the final few moments of regulation. But unfortunately, the game-winner could not come in time as the final buzzer sounded with the game tied at 1-1.

The first and second overtime sessions, each ten minutes in length, looked much like the first half of the game, with each team struggling to find any real offensive chances.

Then in the third overtime, which was five minutes of golden goal soccer, the Mustangs slowly started to build back up the momentum that they gained in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Dansville once again applied some heavy offensive pressure, but with just five minutes of an overtime session, could not quite generate the great chance they needed.

After a short break, the final five minutes of overtime were put on the clock and the teams once again went to work trying to find the golden goal before penalty kicks were needed and co-champions were declared.

Then, just 30 seconds into the last OT session, Dansville made history.

First, Mackenzie Lawless took the ball down into the right corner of the field and attempted a cross. Her first cross was easily cleared out by the Bulldogs, but Dansville quickly regained possession and fired the ball back down to Lawless just inside of the box.

Lawless took a pair of touches towards the net, then gently lofted a perfect pass across the goal line and over the keeper’s head, where senior captain Madelyn Vegder redirected the pass out of the air and into the back of the net to give Dansville its first-ever female Section V Championship.

The win means very much to the girls on the team, the Mustang soccer program and to the community at large in Dansville, but it means absolutely everything to head coach Arin Belden.

Belden, along with the girls on the team, has dedicated this season and championship to her father, who has been battling some severe health issues lately.

“It’s hard to even put this into words. This team has had my back since day one, and ever since they found out about my situation with my dad, they have kind of dedicated this season to him. As a coach, you can’t ask much more from your players than that,” Belden said through tears. “I fully believe that they did this for my father. My dad — he’s the reason this happened — the girls had his fighting spirit tonight. I can’t believe that it happened this way, but it all happened for a reason.”

No. 1 Dansville not only brings home its first ever Section V Championship banner, but now also gets another game on Tuesday evening against Pal-Mac with a time and place yet to be determined.