KERSEY – The Elk County Catholic boys soccer team was edged 2-1 by the visiting Punxsutawney Chucks on Tuesday evening in a game played at Angela Huey Memorial Field in Fox Township.
"I think it was a great game. I think the fans got exactly what they were looking for. It's nice to see an improvement for our kids. I wish Punxsy luck and we'll build on the game and move forward," said ECC coach Adam Bailey.
The Crusaders took an early lead in the match as Jake Herbstritt found the back of the net with 32:31 remaining in the first half to give ECC a 1-0 advantage. The Elk Catholic squad did a good job of keeping the Chucks scoreless throughout most of the half, with ECC keeper Corey Huff finally letting a shot by as Punxsy's Kevin Hughes was able to slip a shot into the next following a corner kick with 10:56 remaining in the half. The teams entered halftime tied at 1-all.
During the first half, the Crusaders outshot the Chucks 11-10. Punsxy also had six corner kicks.
Both teams came out fighting hard in the second half and the Chucks were finally able to put another shot past Huff with 27 minutes remaining as Ty Zimmerman scored to give Punxsy a 2-1 advantage. The Crusaders put in a good effort of trying to even the score; however, Punxsutawney goalie Dan Tripony was determined not to let another goal get by and kept ECC scoreless throughout the second half.
Elk Catholic outshot Punxsutawney 9-5 in the second half and both teams had a pair of corner kicks.
With the loss, the Crusaders are now 10-3-1 on the season. The team will travel to Ridgway on Thursday for a 4 p.m. match against the Elkers.