HORNELL — The Hornell Red Raiders scored three goals while shorthanded on Wednesday evening in order to grab a huge 4-0 win over the Dansville Mustangs at Maple City Park in Hornell.
With Hornell leading 1-0, the Dansville Mustangs offense made a great play to generate a wide-open fast break. Liam Hendrickson raced back on defense, but in his attempt to stop the shot, he took down the Dansville player from behind, promptly drawing a red card from the official.
But the Red Raiders responded exactly how coach Jim Tobin wanted, scoring two goals in the final five minutes of the half and then another one early in the second to cement the 4-0 lead, despite playing with just 10 on the field.
“I didn’t have an issue with the red card. Liam just got beat and needed to get back and try to make a play on the ball instead of putting hands on a guys back,” said Tobin. “But then the same type of thing happened a minute later in our box and I know everybody was really fired up. We were fired up, and the kids were really fired up. Dansville is a really great team, and to be able to play them the way we did today with 10 guys was really great.
“We’ve been pushing the boys really hard lately, but today we just told the boys how proud of them we were.”
Hornell’s first goal of the game came in the 31st minute of the first half. While the Red Raiders were in control for much of the game, they could never find the chance that ended up in the back of the net. But with 9:46 left to play, Chase Freeland made a move between two defenders and then dropped a pass to Liam Khork, who patiently waited out the keeper before firing one into the twine.
And just moments later, Hendrickson’s red card was given out, and the entire Hornell squad suddenly came alive.
With two minutes left in the half, Justin Briggs grabbed possession of the ball after a pass from Chase Freeland put him on the left side of the box. Briggs lined up his shot, but instead opted to pass the ball behind the defense to Wyatt Argentieri, whose low shot beat the keeper and gave Hornell the 2-0 lead.
“I was really pleased with the freshman scoring. A lot of times when you bring those kids up, you are just hoping that you can get any quality play out of them. Liam got us started, and then Wyatt put us over the edge with number two,” said Tobin. “To go up 2-0 with the freshman giving us the one-two punch, that was something really special.”
It took just 23 more seconds before the Red Raiders once again got on the board. This time, Jonas Sciotti was the one that placed a pass behind the defense. His kick forced Dansville keeper Nick Camuto to come out from the line to make a play on the ball, but Chase Freeland won the footrace, as he bounced the ball to himself past the keeper and gently nudged it into the wide open net, giving Hornell the 3-0 lead at the intermission.
After the break, the Red Raiders got right back to work on the offensive end, forcing a corner kick just 82 seconds into the period. Braeden Caruso then put a perfect cross into the center of the box, where Justin Briggs put a header across the net and into the goal, bringing the score to its 4-0 final.
The Mustangs offense did everything it could in the second half to get one on the board, but Hornell’s defense stood tall, and Tanner Stutzman stopped every shot on his way to another shutout performance.
Hornell (5-2-1) now hits the road on Saturday evening for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Bulldogs in Livonia.