DANSVILLE — The annual Dansville boys opening-day soccer tournament was tormented in both games by lightning, thunder and rain. The opener went Leroy's way as they defeated Pavilion/York 5-1 in a game that was cut short with about 30 minutes left to play in the 2nd half.
Dansville tangled with long-time rival Wayland-Cohocton in the second game that was delayed by weather-related conditions that forced both teams to start their warm-ups a half-hour later than anticipated. The game was cut short with 27:19 left to go as the homestanding Mustangs mustered a first half penalty kick to notch a slim 1-0 victory to advance to the championship game on Friday at 5 p.m. against Leroy. Wayland-Cohocton will battle Pavilion/York in the consolation contest at 3 p.m.
Following a strong storm front that brought torrents of rain between games, the sun came out and the field was actually in very good condition by game time. Both teams were anxious to "get after it"... especially against their arch-rivals. A young Wayland-Cohocton crew under the guidance of head coach Brent Owens peppered some early shots on goal that Mustang goalie Nick Camuto stopped.
Mid-way in the half Dansville started to feel a little "offensive" and started to fire some pretty good shots off forcing Golden Eagles keeper Jamie Carman to make a couple of simply dazzling saves having to leave his feet and deflect away some strong shots on goal from the likes of Stefan Entwistle and Andrew Vogler. Camuto would also come up big with some amazing athletic work between the posts diving to deflect a couple of strong pushes by Way-Coh. The goal keeping on both sides was phenomenal. Being the first game, both teams were still attempting to get the defensive scheme down-pat. Both put on some good rushes offensively, only to be turned away in the box.
Wayland-Cohocton proved it was a game of inches very early when Zane Monroe-Simonowicz fired a shot at the 29:45 mark that plunked the far post and bounced out. Dansville's Stefan Entwistle made a run the other way on the wing and fired off a strong shot at the near-post a few minutes later that Way-Coh keeper Jamie Carman went down and grabbed.
The lone score of the contest came when Entwistle raced downfield on the left side, attempted to curl in and put a shot on goal, but was brought down inside the box with 9:13 remaining in the opening half. Mustang skipper Steve French sent senior Andrew Vogler to the stripe and he buried the penalty kick easily, giving Dansville a 1-0 win.
Unofficial numbers showed Wayland-Cohocton (0-1) firing off 22 shots to Dansville's 15 while both teams had 1 corner kick. In goal Nick Camuto registered a shut-out for Dansville (1-0) to go with 14 saves. Wayland-Cohocton's Jamie Carman came up with 8 saves.
Way-Coh coach Brent Owens noted, "We lost nine starters to graduation last year, but we're not using that as an excuse. We have some kids who can step right in and I think things will come along fine the more they play together."
Dansville skipper Steve French noted this was first "league game" the Mustangs had won in a long time and quipped, "You know, this is really a very simple game, score more times than the other guys and you win! We scored quite a bit in the pre-season and I'm hoping it'll continue in the regular season. This was a nice way to start things here tonight despite the rain."
Avoca 1 Hammondsport 0
HAMMONDSPORT - Avoca edged Hammondsport 1-0 on Tuesday.
LaDre stanford scored the lone goal for Avoca off of a rebound after a direct kick from Devin Stowe.
Nigel Snyder had 21 saves in goal for the Lakers.
Prattsburgh 1, Campbell-Savona 0
CAMPBELL - Prattsburgh traveled to Campbell-Savona and came away with a 1-0 win Tuesday.
Dominic Reagan netted the lone goal for the Vikings at the 36 minute mark of the second half on a corner kick.
Ammon Anderson had seven saves for Prattsburgh to keep the Panthers off the board.
"Our goalie was great, those shots easily could have been seven goals," Vikings head coach Cameron Groff said. "They were huge stops. It was great to see him make those saves."
Gavin Ayers stopped four shots for Campbell-Savona.
Prattsburgh (1-0) will travel to Hammondsport today at 6:30 p.m. in its next contest.
Avoca/Bradford 2, Geneva 1
AVOCA - Avoca got past Geneva at home on Wednesday, 2-1.
Geneva started off the scoring with 22:54 remaining in the first half on a direct kick from Alex Colon. Alexis Weldy leveled the scoring for Avoca on an assist from Delanie Stowe with 9:10 left in the first half. Weldy contributed another goal with 21:10 left in the contest on an assist from Alivia Phenes to put the game on ice for Avoca.
"I thought we played really good on the defensive end," Avoca head coach Denelle Strong said. "Faith Goodrich had an exceptional game on defense. We controlled the ball well tonight."
Avoca outshot Geneva 16-3 in the contest. Jolien Gay stopped two shots in goal for Avoca.
Avoca (1-0) will host Arkport next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in its next match.
Alfred-Almond 5, Canisteo-Greenwood 0
ALMOND — Alfred-Almond beat the rain and then beat Canisteo-Greenwood to open the season with a 5-0 sweep.
Abby Kelly, Caroline Ding and Lauren Kelly swept the singles action in straight sets.
First doubles was a battle, but A-A's Sage Empson and Grace Yarnal prevailed over C-G's Hannah Helmer and Rachel Lewis, 10-9. Shannon Heineg won second doubles by forfeit.
1. Abby Kelly (A-A) d. Allyson Keough 10-0 2. Caroline Ding (A-A) d. Melody Thompson 10-0 3. Lauren Kelly (A-A) d. Kelsey Keough 10-0
Doubles 1. Sage Empson/Grace Yarnal (A-A) d. Hannah Hemler/Rachel Lewis 10-9 2. Shannon Heineg/Sidney Heinig (A-A) fft.