ST. MARYS — The Ridgway Lady Elkers scored the game's only goal to defeat the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders 1-0 Friday in varsity girls' soccer and advance to today's Bucktail Tournament championship game.
Ridgway will play Bradford at 12 noon as the Lady Elkers try for their second straight title. ECC will meet St. Marys Area in the consolation game at 10 a.m.
Freshman Jenna DeAngelo scored with 10:44 left on the clock in the first half for the only point Ridgway would need.
"Despite being outshot in the game, I thought our young ladies played a solid game , especially defensively," said ECC coach Don Fabiano. The Lady Elkers held an 18-4 advantage in shots at goal.
"There were times during the game that it seemed as if we were trying to counterattack up a steep hill," said Fabiano. "But it was a credit to this (ECC) team that they did not crack under the pressure."
Senior Michelle Imbrogno, sophomore Sam Zimmerman, freshman Emily O'Neill and junior Jordan Lenox stood out defensively for ECC.
"On offense, there were a few glimmers," said Fabiano, noting that Senior Morgan Onink and sophomore Marissa Heary were strong in the midfield.
"The truth is that we have some work to do as coaches to catch this team up on the attack," said Fabiano. "We have got to start scoring."
The loss was the Lady Crusaders' second straight 1-0 defeat and dropped ECC's overall record to 1-4 -- all four losses were games in which the maroon and gold was shut out.
"I give Ridgway a lot of credit," said Fabiano. "They have good overall team speed and kept us (ECC) bottled up in our end."
The Lady Elkers were in particular control in the game's opening 10 minutes of the second half.
"We (ECC) just couldn't get the ball out of our end at times," Fabiano said.
Today's contest will mark the first time since 2003 that the Lady Crusaders have not played for the Bucktail Tourney title.
"This game with Ridgway is done with and now we have to focus on the next step," Fabiano said.