FOX TWP. – The Elk County Catholic High School boys' soccer team may not have started their season off with a loss, but they did not start out with a win, either, as the squad was unable to put any shots past DuBois Central Catholic keeper Zach Marshall in ECC's season opener on Friday night at Angela Huey Memorial Field in Fox Township. Despite each team's best efforts, both goalies were flawless throughout the entire match, which ended in a 0-0 tie in double overtime.
"It was a great contest," said ECC head coach Adam Bailey. "The fans got what they wanted on a Friday night. Anybody that was here had to have enjoyed an overtime game that was played up and back like that."
There were plenty of supporters on hand for both teams, with a number of ECC students in attendance to cheer on their teammates. There were also a few former players at the match to check out this year's squad.
"It was really nice to see people come and support the team," Bailey said. "It's a great thing to do on a Friday night, especially in the fall, and the crowd got their money's worth. It was definitely a good game up and back to play two 10-minute overtimes like that. I think there were plenty of opportunities for everybody."
Crusader keeper Cory Huff was definitely kept on his toes during the first half of regulation as the Cardinals out-shot ECC 13-8. ECC turned the momentum in their favor after that as they out-shot DCC in the second half and both overtime periods 9-7, 4-2, and 2-0, respectively. No matter how good their shots were, though, Marshall was always able to keep the ball out of the back of the net and prevent the Crusaders from getting on the board.
Though they did not end the night with a victory, the ECC squad, which is in a rebuilding year after having lost eight seniors to graduation, did gain valuable experience and will look to pick up their first win of the season as they host Curwensville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.