Hornell Girls Soccer: Another OT win, this one over Dansville
Hornell scores in first overtime to secure 3-2 win over LCAA rival Dansville
HORNELL — The Hornell Red Raiders won their second overtime game in just three nights with a 3-2 win over LCAA rival Dansville on Wednesday evening in Hornell.
“You have to find a different way to do it every night. And you’ve got to find it gainst a good opponent like Dansville, it’s always a battle with them. This is one of those things where you look at the mistakes we made, tuck it away and just try not to make them again,” said HHS Head Coach Mike Wilkinson. “As a team, every time that you are able to grind one of these out, you hope that you can grow from it. And hopefully later in the year, it will pay dividends.”
Hornell got off to a fast start by putting one into the back of the net just five minutes into the game. The Red Raiders were in control early, and it resulted in several scoring opportunities early on. Sophie Wilkins created one of those scoring chances when she put a cross right across the middle of the box that slowly rolled past the defense. Lilly Adams worked around her defender and got just enough of her foot on the ball to redirect it into the back of the net to give HHS the 1-0 lead.
The Mustangs responded and started to get their own pressure on the offensive end. They chased down balls and created a few scoring chances just on their hustle, and it paid off in the 22nd minute when a deflected clearing attempt landed right at the foot of Kali Meyer, who rifled her shot in the net to tie the score at 1-1.
Hornell answered the Dansville goal almost immediately, as Maddie Moore came up to just in front of midfield to force a Dansville turnover. Moore launched a pass deep down the field, where it bounced over the head of Ireland Harrison and her defender. Harrison circled around, won the foot race to the ball and then hit a left-footed shot past the keeper to give HHS the lead back at 2-1.
Dansville scored the lone goal of the second half just four minutes into the frame. Sidney Stone carried the ball all the way down the field and weaved through several defenders before firing off a hard shot towards the net. Juliet Marino made the initial save, but the rebound bounced right to Meyer, who easily buried her second goal of the game in the net to tie things up at 2-2.
Both teams had more chances to get the game winner in regulation, but the defenses stood tall and the game ended at a 2-2 tie before overtime.
In that overtime session, both teams continued to battle back and forth in an effort to produce the game winner. Then with just under three minutes left in the first session, the Red Raiders generated a direct kick from just inside of the 30-yard line. Maddie Moore sent it into the middle of the box, where it bounced around several times as each team tried to gain possession. Eventually, it bounced down right in front of Tayghan Doorley, who promptly ripped her shot into the back of the net to give Hornell the 3-2 win in overtime.
“This just seemed like a mental toughness thing at that point in the game. They are worn down and beat up. They’ve played a lot of games in the last couple of weeks. To throw an extra half into the two games we’ve played this week with two overtime games — the girls just scrapped and clawed. It wasn’t a pretty winner, but it was a winner,” said Wilkinson.
Hornell improves to 6-0 on the season and now hosts Pal-Mac on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Dansville falls to 5-1 and returns home to host Wayland-Cohocton on Saturday at 1 p.m.