The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader girls' soccer team picked up a 2-0 win over the Lady Dutch on Thursday afternoon, in a game played under threatening skies at the SMAHS soccer field.
"Our girls played a good game, but Elk Catholic was the better team today," said St. Marys coach Dr. Bob Schmidt. "Mia Keener in goal, Caley Keister in the midfield and Holly Shields at forward played a really, really good game. Our captain Shannon Bridges was playing injured and she still played."
ECC coach Don Fabiano also credited the Dutch defense for keeping the game close, remarking that Keener "played superb."
"It was certainly a tough game," said Fabiano. "We were fortunate to come out with the win."
"This (ECC) team certainly has come a long way since the beginning of the season," he added. "We are making some great positive strides. We're not quite where we need to be, but we are a lot closer than we were a month ago."
The Lady Crusaders had momentum from the start and did a good job of controlling the ball. After several attempts, the team got on the board for the first time with 22:00 remaining in the first half as senior Abbi Petrosky put the ball past SMA keeper Mia Keener. ECC would carry the 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Lady Crusaders outshot the Lady Dutch 11-5 in the first half. ECC also had four corner kicks.
ECC kept the momentum going in the second half, continuing to take a lot of shots in an effort to add to their lead. However, Keener and the St. Marys defenders did a good job of keeping the ball away from the goal.
Finally, with 28:25 remaining, Petrosky was again able to get a shot into the back of the net to extend the Lady Crusaders' advantage to 2-0, which would be the final score.
In the second half, ECC outshot St. Marys 13-2.
Elk Catholic now has a 7-6-2 record and will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Smethport for a 4 p.m. match.
St. Marys is now 1-14-1 and will host Punxsutawney on Monday at 4 p.m. for a match that will also include senior night festivities for the Lady Dutch.