KERSEY – The Elk County Catholic Crusader soccer squad picked up a 2-1 victory over Port Allegany on Monday evening at Angela Huey Memorial Field in Fox Township.
"Port Allegany played a very good game," said Elk Catholic assistant coach T.J. Weaver. "The contest was well-played."
"Through the first part of the season, we are growing as a team," Weaver added. "The kids are growing in their positions."
The match started off with Elk Catholic dominating the first half. The Crusaders had 13 shots on goal compared to two for Port Allegany.
Still, the score did not reflect the Crusader effort, as Port's keeper Ben Edgell did an excellent job of keeping almost every ball that came at him from finding the back of the net. The only shot to get by him in the first half came with 11:21 remaining, when Peter Pontzer was able to slip a shot in to give ECC a 1-0 advantage.
The Crusaders had three corner kicks in the first half, while Port Allegany had two.
Port came out more aggressive in the second half, taking two shots within the first minute of play. However, ECC keeper Corey Huff did a good job of keeping the ball out of the net.
Elk Catholic extended their lead with 24:34 remaining, when Jake Herbstritt scored on an assist by Sam Mosebarger to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Crusaders.
The Gators almost got on the board with just under 20 minutes remaining when they got the ball past Huff; however, one of his teammates was able to get to it and clear it.
Port finally did get one past Huff with 15:49 remaining when Sam Kysor scored to cut the Crusaders' lead to 2-1. The Gators continued to try to even the score, but were unable to get another ball by Huff and the Crusaders held on to win 2-1.
Elk Catholic had one corner kick and two shots on goal in the second half, while Port Allegany had three corner kicks and five shots on goal.
With the win, the Crusaders are now 5-0 on the season. They will return to action on Thursday evening when they play host to cross-town rival St. Marys Area High School in a 7 p.m. match-up at Angela Huey Memorial Field.
"We are looking forward to Thursday's contest against St. Marys," said Weaver. "It should be another close contest."