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ST. MARYS - The Curwensville Golden Lady Tide girls' varsity soccer team started the 2012 season the same way they ended the 2011 schedule-- showing that they will be one of the top teams in the area.
On Tuesday afternoon, Curwensville defeated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders 5-0 at Benzinger Park.
"That is one of the best teams we will play all year," said ECC coach Don Fabiano following the contest about the Tide. "Curwensville has few weak spots."
Despite outshooting ECC 10-1 in the first half, the Lady Tide was only able to take a 1-0 lead at halftime. Sophomore Heather Thorp scored on a corner kick with 19:12 remaining on the clock.
"I thought our team played with a lot of heart and determination," said Fabiano about the Lady Crusaders. "These young (ECC) ladies put together an inspired game and hung tough with a really good team."
Curwensville came out and scored twice in the second half's first 10 minutes. Junior Tiara Bumbarger and senior Taylor Goodman tallied at 35:35 and 30:05, respectively. Junior Cheyenne Geisler added two goals in the game's last 14 minutes.
"The score may not show it, but I thought this (ECC) team played much better from game one to game two," said Fabiano. "The improvement in overall play was very evident."
He said seniors Morgan Onink and Michelle Imbrogno, along with sophomore Sam Zimmerman, continue to excel defensively; freshmen Emily O'Neill, Ashley Lenze and Jenna Labant put together some "outstanding" minutes; and juniors Michaela Cashmer and Jordan Lenox both had "excellent" games.
"This can only help down the road," said Fabiano. "Players are not only seeing game time, but much of that action is what some would say is out of position. The younger players are learning a lot."
Now, 0-2, ECC will be at Kane Thursday in a 4 p.m. start.
"We just have to keep working hard," added Fabiano.