The Ridgway Lady Elker soccer team captured the 14th annual Bucktail Tournament championship by defeating the Bradford Area Lady Owls by a 5-1 score Saturday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.
The two squads spent some time checking each other out before Bradford was able to get on the board with 15:55 left in the first half.
A little over a minute later the Lady Elkers tied the score at 1-1 as Kayli Methaney scored when the Bradford keeper came out and she got the ball past her into the net with 14:34 left in the first half.
Neither team scored until the 2:55 mark, when Rhianon Fowler scored her first of three goals on the day when she went one-on-one with the Bradford keeper to give Ridgway the 2-1 lead at the half.
Both teams had seven shots in the first half. Ridgway keeper McKenna Rowles came up with six saves. Ridgway had two corner kicks to Bradford’s one.
It didn’t take the Lady Elkers long to build on their lead as Jenna DeAngelo scored with 29:23 left in the game as she put the ball in the right-hand corner of the goal, making the score 3-1.
A short time later, Ridgway made the score 4-1 when DeAngelo put a corner kick in the right spot as Fowler was able to head the ball into the goal with 36:58 remaining.
The Lady Elkers scored their final goal of the game as Fowler sent the ball just over the outstretched arms of the Bradford keeper from the left side for her third goal of the contest as Ridgway led 5-1.
The Lady Elkers outshot the Lady Owls by an 8-1 margin in the second half of play. Ridgway had three corner kicks in the second half of the match.
ECC wins consolation match
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader squad defeated the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch by a 3-0 score Saturday morning in the consolation match of the Bucktail Tournament.
The Lady Crusaders got on the board with 32:12 left in the first half when Jordan Lenox scored on an assist from Morgan Onink.
Neither team scored the remainder of the half as Elk Catholic led 1-0. The Lady Crusaders outshot the Lady Dutch by a 12-3 margin in the first half. Dutch keeper Megan Bridges had eight saves, while Elk Catholic’s Hannah Onink had two. Elk had four corner kicks to none for the Lady Dutch.
The Lady Crusaders raised the score to 2-0 with 23:49 left in the contest as Michelle Imbrogno found the back of the net.
With 13:05 left in the match, Elk’s Marissa Heary scored on an assist from Morgan Onink to give the Lady Crusaders the 3-0 lead.
Neither team scored the remainder of the match as Elk won 3-0.
“The effort in the consolation game showed a lot about the character of this team,” said ECCHS coach Don Fabiano. “It was a very tough 1-0 loss to Ridgway Friday in the semifinals and then to have to bounce right back Saturday morning with another game. These young ladies can be very pleased with their effort.”
The Lady Crusaders are now 2-4 on the season and travel to Brockway Thursday for a 5 p.m. match.
The Lady Dutch are now 2-3 on the year and will travel to Kane this afternoon for a 4 p.m. match with the Lady Wolves.