DANSVILLE — The Dansville Mustangs scored a first-half goal and then rode a tremendous performance in net from Nick Camuto to grab the 1-0 win over Hornell Wednesday evening in Dansville.
Camuto recorded 14 saves in the shutout performance, and had some highlight reel plays in an outstanding performance that fueled the Mustangs.
The Red Raiders started with a slight advantage in time of possession. But Dansville was more efficient with its possessions, generating a good scoring chance nearly every time they held the ball in the opening 20 minutes.
The Mustangs finally capitalized on their early chances, scoring in the 19th minute of play to take a 1-0 lead. Andrew Vogler took the ball and pushed it across the field, eventually firing off hard left-footed shot. It was rejected by Tanner Stutzman, but the rebound bounced right to Stefan Entwistle, who easily put the ball in the back of the net.
The Red Raiders continued to get deep into the Mustang defense, and over the final few minutes of the half started to generate some great chances on net.
The best chance came with 6:34 left to play when Chase Freeland was fouled in the box for a penalty kick. Freeland took the shot, but Dansville’s Nick Camuto made an outstanding save to preserve the 1-0 lead going into the halftime break.
Hornell came back out in the second half and continued to apply offensive pressure. But the Camuto and the Mustang defense turned away every opportunity over the opening minutes.
“At halftime, being down 1-0 we felt pretty confident. But we decided that the offensive flow that we are playing with is not cutting it. We are not putting a lot of fear into the opposition. So instead of playing with two players up top, we played with four,” said HHS coach Jim Tobin.
A with about 20 minutes left in the game, the Mustang offense started applying some heavy pressure of its own trying to put the game away with another goal.
“We put a ton of pressure on Tanner Stutzman in the back. And Liam (Hendrickson) Braeden Smilinich and Chris (Sexsmith) were solid as heck in the back,” said Tobin. “So I think one good thing about tonight was that the kids figured out that we are good enough to do a couple of different things and try some different formations.”
Dansville could not quite find the back of the net, but the Mustangs did run some very valuable time off the clock, leaving the Red Raiders very little time to get the equalizer.
Hornell’s offense did generate a few final chances, but it simply could not find the necessary space to beat Camuto and the Mustang defense, which escaped with a 1-0 win.
Dansville (4-6-1) now heads to Caledonia-Mumford on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. Hornell (5-3-3) is on the road again Friday evening with a 6:30 trip to Geneseo.