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When it comes to cross-town rivalry boys' soccer games, there is just something about overtime.
Of the three times the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen and Elk County Catholic Crusaders have played each other this season, the last two games have ended up going into overtime. The Crusaders have emerged the victor of all three match-ups between the two teams this season, notching the third win with a 1-0 score on a goal by Sam Mosebarger a few minutes into the first overtime period in a match played at the SMAHS soccer field on Tuesday afternoon.
"Today's game was a hard-fought game from the start. The Dutch came out to play and played hard. A 0-0 tie at the end of regulation was great for the fans and the players. Sam Mosebarger's goal in overtime was a perfectly placed ball on a breakaway," said ECC coach T.J. Weaver.
"(St. Marys coach) Russ (Micale) is doing very well with the team, and having played them three times, they are a very strong team. We wish SMA the best in future matches and success in the playoffs," Weaver added.
"We had so many opportunities and it just didn't happen," said St. Marys coach Russ Micale. "[We] controlled most of the game and to come on the losing end, it's a tough loss to take. Hats off to them, they played a tough game. They got it done. Our guys played well."
It was a cool and windy day for soccer, with wet and muddy field conditions making it hard at times for players from both teams to keep their footing as they battled back and forth for possession of the ball.
St. Marys was in control throughout much of the first half, outshooting the Crusaders 7-3. The Dutch also had three corner kicks, while ECC had one.
In the second half, the Crusaders picked up the momentum and outshot the Dutchmen 13-10. Elk also led in corner kicks 4-2.
Throughout regulation, both ECC keeper Corey Huff and SMA keeper Brett Lanzel did a good job stopping all the shots they faced.
Lanzel finally let one by with 7:44 remaining in the first overtime period as Mosebarger got free on a breakaway and was able to put a low shot into the back of the net to give the Crusaders the 1-0 victory.
With the win, Elk Catholic is now 9-2-1 and will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to DCC for a 4 p.m. match.
St. Marys Area is 7-5 and will also be on the road Thursday, traveling to Port Allegany for a 4 p.m. game.