KERSEY - It was another nail-biting outing for the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders varsity soccer team Monday afternoon as ECC tied the unbeaten Curwensville Lady Tide 2-2 in a game played at Angela Huey Field.
The game was the fourth overtime contest this season for the Lady Crusaders. ECC is 1-1-2 in the extra time games.
Sister pairs were the story during the match. Elk Catholic scored first with 30:33 left to play in the first half. Senior Abbi Petrosky got the goal while her sister, freshman Erin Petrosky, had the assist.
Curwensville would forge ahead to a 2-1 advantage. Cheyenne Geisler scored first for the Lady Tide when she centered the ball in front of the goal and off an ECC defender with 10:48 to play until halftime. Only 25 seconds into the second half, Sarah Geisler broke in on goal and put Curwensville ahead.
The Lady Crusaders evened the count with 30:03 left in the game when freshman Julia Sweeney scored unassisted.
"This team is really starting to come around," said ECC coach Don Fabiano following the game. "Everyone is playing more fundamentally sound and with more confidence. At this point of the season, many of these young players on the roster can't really be called rookies anymore."
The game was not without drama. The Lady Tide had a goal disallowed with 18 and one-half minutes left in regulation on a hand ball. In the closing seconds of the second overtime ECC rushed at goal, only to see Curwensville keeper Tiffany Carter stop the shot.
"Each team played an excellent game," said Fabiano. "Curwensville is such a great program with great coaching, we (ECC) had to be on our game to get this result. This is especially true when you factor in that the Lady Tide had won the earlier season match 6-2."
While each team had five corner kicks, the Lady Tide had a 26-12 advantage in shots-- 12-4 just in the second half.
"This team came up with some big plays when they needed to on defense," Fabiano said. "(Freshman) Hanna (Onink) probably had her best game in net today."
Onink turned away 15 Curwensville shots. ECC junior Michelle Imbrogno saved two goals by kicking the ball off the line in front of the Lady Crusaders net.
"What was most impressive today was that the team did not fold under the pressure in the second half and after Curwensville scored so quickly to start the second half," Fabiano said. "There was no panic."
The tie puts ECC at 4-6-2 on the season and ends a streak where they played six games in 12 days. The Lady Crusaders will be off until Friday, when they play at DuBois Central in a 4 p.m. start.