HORNELL — On paper, No. 8 Dansville taking on No. 9 Marcus Whitman is a great matchup. But on the field, the Mustangs proved for the entire 80 minutes that they are not the typical eight-seed.
The Mustangs received big performances from key veterans, as well as some rookies in the 6-0 win Wednesday night in Hornell.
“The main thing with our team is that, I don’t think our record really displays how good we are. If you look back, we’ve lost to good teams in close scores,” said veteran Nick Vogler. “I’d say our team is at a 15-confidence level. We are going to continue to build as a team both inside and outside of soccer.”
For the young players, freshman Michael Adams was sensational in his sectional debut. He scored a goal and dished out three assists in an impressive performance. And it wasn’t as if Adams simply came in when the game was in hand and tacked on stats.
Adams assisted on the first two goals of the game, to Vogler and Vito Blanco.
Adams then scored the third goal of the game with just over nine minutes left in the first half giving the Mustangs a 3-0 lead at the break.
“It feels pretty good, and it feels good to be a part of a team that can score that many goals,” said Adams. “It felt amazing to score. I knew (the keeper) was going to drop the ball because it was such a hard kick. And then I just volleyed it with my left into the goal.”
“He can play. He’s been playing for me for years. Those kids come to tech sessions, they come to everything and they really work hard, and it’s evident when they play,” said Mustang coach Steve French. “Mike always wants to please you. He always wants to play more, and that might make people mad, but when it’s sectional time, we play to win.”
Vogler then scored his second tally of the night just under five minutes into the second half. Vogler had an opportunity at a hat trick after he was awarded a penalty kick on a red card inside the box. But he missed just his second career penalty kick and did not quite get the hat trick.
“Winning is always enjoyable, and it makes it special when it’s the first sectional game of the year. It also makes it special when we can incorporate some of the younger guys to show that we are building a program here,” said Vogler.
Phil Blum and Mike Farley scored the final two goals for the Mustangs. Adams picked up his third assist of the game on Farley’s goal.
Dansville fired off 22 shots and had 10 corner-kicks. Keeper Ryan Conklin recorded four saves in the shutout.
With the win, No. 8 Dansville now looks to keep rolling with an upset tour with the first stop Saturday in Wellsville against the top-seeded Lions.
“Everybody is healthy. We are cranking right now,” said French. “We have a history of pulling some upsets, and I’m looking forward to a few more. I’m not done yet.”