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KERSEY â€“Â The Elk County Catholic Crusader soccer team used a pair of goals - one in each half - to shut out the Curwensville Golden Tide 2-0 on Wednesday evening in a match played at Angela Huey Memorial Field.
"Tonight's game was a close contest that could have gone either way," said ECC assistant coach T.J. Weaver. "The Curwensville team did a great job on their offsides trap and got our forwards off a great number of times. This was a learning experience for [the team] for future contests. We are playing better as the year is going on and the team is learning as they go, which is all you can ask for at this point in the season."
The Crusaders started off strong in the first half; however, it took them a number of tries before they were able to get a shot into the back of the net. Elk Catholic finally got onto the board as Joey Ferragine scored with 10:17 left in the half to put the Crusaders up 1-0. ECC carried that lead into halftime.
Elk Catholic outshot Curwensville 8-4 in the first half and the Crusaders also had a corner kick.
The second half continued to be a back-and-forth battle, with the Crusaders fighting hard to extend their lead. They picked up their final goal of the game when Aaron Meier put the ball past the Curwensville keeper with 26:56 remaining to put ECC up 2-0, which would be the final score.
Elk Catholic outshot Curwensville 10-3 in the second half. Curwensville also had a pair of corner kicks.
With the win, the Crusaders are now 8-1-1 on the season and will travel to Punxsutawney on Saturday for a 12 p.m. match.