The Elk County Catholic Crusader boys' soccer team opened their season with a win at home on Friday evening, blanking the DuBois Central Catholic Cardinals 1-0 in a match played under the lights at the Angela Huey Memorial Field in Kersey.
"We're happy to open the season with a win," said ECC head coach Adam Bailey. "I think we have a lot of work to do. I'd say, given the play and the way we performed, I think there's a lot of things we can refine.
"All in all, the first-game jitters are over. I think we can probably look to move things in a more positive direction and build on what we've got."
Elk Catholic senior Jacob Herbstritt scored the only goal of the game with 30:53 remaining in the first half.
For the most part, the first half was a defensive struggle. Junior Mitchell Gahr and sophomore Corey Huff split time in the goal for ECC, making several several impressive saves to keep the Cardinals scoreless. DCC keeper Zach Marshal also did a nice job, letting by only Herbstritt's shot. The Crusaders had a total of seven shots on goal and one corner kick during the first half, while the Cardinals had five shots on goal.
Both teams went scoreless throughout the second half, though not for a lack of effort by the Crusaders. The Crusaders had 17 shots on goal during the second half and one corner kick; however, Marshal was on top of his game and ensured that the Crusaders did not extend their advantage. He did not have much help offensively, though, as the Cardinals only had two shots on goal throughout the entire second half.
With the win, Elk Catholic is now 1-0 on the season and will travel to Curwensville on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. matchup against the Golden Tide.