FOX TWP. – The Elk County Catholic Crusaders finally got on the board on Tuesday evening against Brookville, but it was not enough to get them back in the win column as they were edged 2-1 by the Raiders to extend their losing streak to five games.
"Brookville played a good game. It's unfortunate that we didn't get the result we were looking for. I'm sure we'll learn from the game and take away what we need to," said ECC coach Adam Bailey.
Brookville led all the way, taking a 1-0 advantage early in the first half. Not even four minutes in, with 36:34 left on the clock, the Raiders' Jarren Ross was able to put the ball into the net after ECC keeper Cory Huff was unable to field it in time.
Elk's offense remained relatively flat throughout the first half, with the Crusaders only taking two shots.
While Brookville was mainly in control for the first 40 minutes, the second 40 minutes, and the Crusaders' comeback attempt, almost did not happen. With seconds left on the clock before the end of the first half, the center bank of lights on the teams' side of the field went out and the referees indicated during halftime that if they could not be turned back on the game would be over. After a brief delay, the lights did come back on and stayed lit for the remainder of the game.
Once the lights came back on, a light rain also started to fall and continued for much of the remainder of the contest.
The Crusaders picked up the momentum in the final 40 minutes, sending several shots at Brookville keeper Taylor Cudworth. Cudworth was able to block all but one, as Crusader Joey Ferragine scored on an assist by Ian Herzing just prior to the midpoint of the half, knotting the score at 1-all with 21:07 left to play.
Brookville did not let the score stay tied for long. With 18:53 left on the clock, Huff came out of the net to clear the ball but was unable to secure it. Brookville's Aaron Ray took advantage of the empty net to score the winning goal and give his team the 2-1 lead that they would hold for the remainder of the contest.
The loss drops the Crusaders to 3-5-1 on the season, and they will be back in action on Thursday afternoon as they travel to Curwensville for a 4 p.m. contest. In their match earlier this season, Elk Catholic was able to hold on for a 2-1 win over the Golden Tide in a game that was called midway through the second half due to lightning.