ST. MARYS - The Brookville Lady Raiders went home Monday afternoon with a 4-0 victory over the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders in girls' varsity soccer.
The Lady Raiders scored first just five and one half minutes into the contest, when junior Ashley Wolfe placed a shot into the net.
Brookville went up 2-0 with 16:34 left in the first half when junior Annie Amsler tallied. Amsler would score again with only 46 seconds left in the game. Sophomore Michelle Crissman had put the Lady Raiders up 3-0 just under 10 minutes after intermission.
"It was not one of our strongest games," said ECC coach Don Fabiano following the game. "(Brookville coach) Chip (Mason) has a great program going at Brookville and another solid team this season."
The Lady Raiders showed up with 33 players, while the Lady Crusaders dressed 15 for the game, with a few players sidelined with injuries.
"We are asking these young players on our (ECC) team to do a lot," said Fabiano. "We have been forced to move some people around and it just may not be fair to put this young team into uncomfortable and unfamiliar positions."
Despite being outshot 18-4, Fabiano said he thought the game was closer than that.
"We had a lot of possessions deep into Brookville's end," Fabiano said. "The main difference was we did not muster many scoring opportunities while they (Brookville) were able to get looks at the net."
Brookville sophomore Madi Hill picked up the shutout in goal.
The loss ended a six-game unbeaten streak for ECC against Brookville. The Lady Crusaders, who lead the all-time series 12-6-1, had not lost to the Lady Raiders since 2005.
"We have a few days off until our next game," said Fabiano. "That's just what the doctor ordered. This time off will give us a chance to work on some of the areas where we need to get better and to rest."
The Lady Crusaders will meet Bradford Friday afternoon at Angela Huey Field in Kersey at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Bucktail Tournament. The other semifinal pits Ridgway at St. Marys. The winners will play Saturday at St. Marys Area beginning at noon, with the consolation game also at St. Marys, but starting at 10 a.m.