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 Ridgway’s first Bucktail Tournament crown.
“We finally won the Bucktail Tournament,” said Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena. “This is our season. We have a solid core and the girls just wanted it.”
“I am really happy with everyone’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,” 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 Catholic’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.
“I 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,” 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.
“Ridgway puts a strong team on the field this year. We (the ECC program) certainly extend our congratulations on the victory,” said Fabiano.
“We were proud of our team reaching the final. We had a great victory over Bradford on Friday night,” 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.