ST. MARYS - It took 2:25 of the overtime period for the Brockway Lady Rovers to complete their rally and go home from Benzinger Park Thursday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders in girls' varsity soccer action.
Brockway freshman Julie Esposito got in behind the ECC defense and scored the winning goal after the Lady Rovers had come from two goals down.
The Lady Crusaders built a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Senior Jena Struble scored off a cross from classmate Abbi Petrosky with 36:34 left to play. Then, with 28:43 remaining on the clock, sophomore Emma Daghir tallied when her classmate Michaela Cashmer kept alive a ball in from of the goal following an ECC corner kick.
It was a little over seven minutes later when Brockway clawed back into the game. Esposito scored her first goal with 21:02 showing on the clock. Then with only 6:13 to play, Payton Benninger took advantage of a Brockway corner kick to score.
"We definitely let one slip away today," said ECC coach Don Fabiano following the game. "We missed some chances to score early in the game, then we couldn't finish them (Brockway) off after going up 2-0."
It was the second time in the last three games the Lady Crusaders had built a 2-0 lead, only to see it evaporate. ECC gave up two goals in the last nine minutes to Bradford last Friday before winning that game in overtime 3-2.
"Brockway is just too good a team to let them hang around. We need to develop a little more killer instinct in these games," Fabiano said.
In the game, ECC held a 21-12 advantage in shots on goal and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.
"We had the ball in their end plenty enough times. There were just too many missed opportunities," Fabiano said. "It may sound funny that in a loss you would point to a strong defensive effort, but the four players of Sam Zimmerman, Morgan Onink, Erin Petrosky and Michelle Imbrogno deserve a lot of credit for the job they do."
The loss drops the Lady Crusaders to 3-4 on the season. ECC will be back in action Saturday morning at 10 a.m. hosting St. Marys Area at Benzinger Park.