KERSEY – The Elk County Catholic High School boys' soccer squad came up short to the Brookville Raiders on Wednesday evening, losing a close quarterfinal match 1-0 at Angela Huey Memorial Field.
"Brookville played a great game, so did we. We played an excellent game tonight," said ECC coach Adam Bailey. "Brookville came here thinking they were going to walk all over us after the last result, and we finally got most of our kids back to play. I guess the bottom line is we made one mistake and they didn't. We had lots of chances. I wish them (Brookville) luck in the playoffs and we'll move on to another year."
Even though Brookville left with the win, ECC led in terms of shots and did a good job maintaining possession of the ball.
The entire first half was a defensive struggle, with the Crusaders making several attempts to get on the board, but always getting stopped by Brookville keeper Taylor Cudworth. With just under 30 minutes to play in the half, ECC's Ben Wortman took the ball up the field on a breakaway, but his shot went just wide of the net. Elk keeper Corey Huff also kept on his toes, stopping all the Raiders' shots to keep the first half scoreless. About midway through the first half, he stopped a shot by hitting the ball up into the air and then securing the ball on the ground before it entered the goal.
ECC outshot Brookville 11-6 in the first half. The Crusaders also had 4 corner kicks while the Raiders had 2.
In the second half, both teams continued to fight to get on the board. The defensive struggle continued for much of the half until Brookville was able to score with just over 10 minutes left in regulation. The winning shot came with 11:22 left to play as Raider Nate Shirts kicked the ball into the lower left side of the net to give Brookville the 1-0 win.
ECC outshot Brookville 9-6 in the second half. Each team also had a corner kick.
Senior members of the ECC squad were Tyler Anzinger, Ben Cappiello, Andrew Cotter, Jarid Heiberger, Jacob Herbstritt, Daniel Johnson, Mike Lovenduski, Sam Mosebarger, and Ben Wortman.
The Crusaders had a final record of 12-6-1.
Brookville advances to the semifinals and will take on Brockway on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at a site and time to be announced. In the other semifinal game, Karns City will take on Northern Potter.