HONEOYE FALLS — There are the moments after a victory win everything seems perfect. Still, it is after a loss when much gets put into perspective.
The Mynderse varsity girls soccer team (No. 2) was defeated 1-0 in its Class B2 Section V Tournament semifinal match by third seeded Livonia on Tuesday night at Honeoye Falls-Lima High School.
For Mynderse head coach Melissa Morrin, now having completed her 14th season with the Blue Devils varsity squad, it was a difficult loss but one that sets up her team for success in the future.
“We had to replace 11 seniors and nine starters from last year’s team and I’m just very proud of how this young team came together,” said Morrin.
“Tonight’s game was like watching a ping pong ball go back and forth on the field. There were some early nerves, but after a while both teams competed well.”
Livonia scored the game’s lone goal in the third minute off the foot of sophomore Emily O’Duffy.
In goal for the Blue Devils was sophomore Madison Pupillo with six saves. Senior Kendall captain Gottorff registered five saves for Livonia.
“When I think about the seniors on this team and I look at how Mary Doell played it’s inspiring as a coach,” added Morrin. “Doell has been a leader for this team all season and I told the team that the legacy will continue.
Livonia will prepare to face Dansville (No. 1) in the sectional championship game on Friday. The Blue Devils finish with an overall record of 11-6.
“They have exceeded my expectations after rebuilding this season and we will be looking forward to next season,” added Morrin.