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The Ridgway Lady Elker soccer team captured the 2011 Bucktail Tournament title on Saturday by defeating the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders by a 5-0 score.
The tournament was played at the St. Marys Area soccer field.
This was Ridgwayâ€™s first Bucktail Tournament crown.
â€śWe finally won the Bucktail Tournament,â€ť said Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena. â€śThis is our season. We have a solid core and the girls just wanted it.â€ť
â€śI am really happy with everyoneâ€™s effort. I am excited for the win. We came up with a good win over a good program. It was a good win over good competition,â€ť he added.
The Lady Elkers started the championship game with a goal with 38:29 left in the first half as Courtney Bush scored.
The remainder of the first half was dominated by Ridgway. The Lady Elkers had seven shots on goal to Elk Catholicâ€™s four.
The Lady Crusaders did have some opportunities, as at the 12-minute mark they had three straight corner kicks and were unable to capitalize on any of them.
â€śI thought we had a number of great chances to even the score in the first half but could not get on the board. That ultimately was our downfall,â€ť said ECCHS coach Don Fabiano.
Ridgway wasted little time in the second half as Danie Jo Dwyer gave the Lady Elkers the 2-0 lead at the 37:18 mark.
The Lady Elkers increased their lead to 3-0 when Dwyer scored with 19:16 left in the game. A shot by Rhianon Fowler went just high around the 15-minute mark.
With 1:39 left in the contest, Bush scored her second goal of the contest, giving Ridgway the 4-0 lead.
The final goal of the game was scored by Dwyer with 26 seconds remaining as Ridgway recorded the 5-0 victory.
â€śRidgway puts a strong team on the field this year. We (the ECC program) certainly extend our congratulations on the victory,â€ť said Fabiano.
â€śWe were proud of our team reaching the final. We had a great victory over Bradford on Friday night,â€ť he added.
Ridgway outshot Elk Catholic 16-10 in the contest. They outshot ECC 10-4 in the second half.
Ridgway is now 6-1 on the season and will travel to Port Allegany this afternoon for a 4 p.m. contest.
Elk Catholic, now 3-3 on the season, returns to action Thursday when they host Brockway in a 4 p.m. game at Benzinger Park.