Since Warsaw graduate Arin Belden took over the Dansville girls’ soccer program, people knew that building success is a tough task, especially in Livingston County Division 1. The question about the 2012 campaign, is whether this could be the year for the Lady Mustangs. Despite posting a deceptive 4-10-2 record a year ago, the Dansville girls were competitive and surprised a number of their opponents with the great heart with which they played.

Since Warsaw graduate Arin Belden took over the Dansville girls’ soccer program, people knew that building success is a tough task, especially in Livingston County Division 1. The question about the 2012 campaign, is whether this could be the year for the Lady Mustangs. Despite posting a deceptive 4-10-2 record a year ago, the Dansville girls were competitive and surprised a number of their opponents with the great heart with which they played.

“They have a lot of potential and have been working very hard. Our team chemistry has greatly improved through this pre-season,” Belden said.

Entering her fifth year as soccer skipper, Belden has a blend of talent to choose from with seven seniors, five juniors and three sophomores on the roster. The team had an offensive balance last year and with another year under their belts, Mustang fans will see things start to come together gel this fall. The improvement has been slow, but it’s been steady in the program and Belden has all the confidence in the world in her girls heading into the season’s opener on the road in Warsaw on Thursday, Sept. 6. The red and black will see 12 players return from one year ago, including Kim Levee who sat out her sophomore season with an injury. If the chemistry can remain consistent and the Lady Mustangs can remain injury free, this could be the season that Dansville lifts some eyebrows.

The roster features seniors Jill Kahn, Mackenzie Marshall, Rachel Graves (7 goals, 6 assists), Billie Chappell, Adolin Mountzouros, Morgan Watson and Courtney Walker. The juniors are Ellen Graves, Kim Levee, Katie Schledorn, Mackenzie Schuster and Niki Linzy (188 saves). The trio of sophomores are Mollie Schuster, Emma Graves and Kelsey Poplawski.

Belden commented about the rapidly approaching season, “I’m very optimistic about the season and this group of girls. We are returning a strong core group of players that gained a year of varsity experience last season. We have some senior leadership and some girls with three-year varsity experience that should anchor our team. We had a very young, but competitive group last year. We had the best offensive output since I’ve been coaching here. We are looking to continue to build on last year’s success again this year.”