Punxsy shuts down Lady Crusaders
ST. MARYS — The scoreless minutes continue to mount for the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders. On Saturday at Benzinger Park, it was the Punxsutawney Lady Chucks who left with a 1-0 victory over ECC.
The shutout raises ECC's scoreless streak at home to 480 minutes-- or all six home matches this season. The victory for Punxsutawney was the Lady Chucks' first-ever against the Lady Crusaders, who had a 7-0 series advantage entering this latest tilt.
The only score of the game came 7:23 from halftime when Punxsy senior Sydney Dubensky scored, with the assist going to junior Emily Horner.
Dubensky's goal was one of only two shots that the Lady Chucks mustered during the game, both in the first half. On the other hand, ECC ripped 23 shots at the Punxsy net, with sophomore Allison Fye making 10 saves.
"It is beyond frustrating," said Lady Crusaders coach Don Fabiano following Saturday's contest. "I feel bad for this (ECC) team. They played their hearts out here today and came up on the short end of the score."
The news was not all bad from the game.
"These young ladies have been working hard in practice and some of that showed today," saidFabiano. "There were drop balls played, a number of nice crosses in front of the goal and some good one-two passing. But despite the continued effort to improve finishing, still no goals."
"The good news was that many of our shots were on net, but the Punxsy (Fye) keeper was more than equal to the task," he added.
Sophomore Erin Petrosky and juniors Emma Daghir and Michaela Cashmer were constantly crashing the net for ECC. Outside midfielders Jordan Lenox, a junior, and sophomore Marissa Heary, had strong games. In the middle it was seniors Morgan Onink and Michelle Imbrogno, plus sophomore Julia Sweeney, who controlled that area and helped keep the Lady Chucks locked in their end for long periods of time. This was evidenced by ECC's eight corner kicks to Punxsy's zero.
In the defensive third for ECC, sophomores Sam Zimmerman and Hanna Onink-- the latter in goal-- teamed with freshmen Emily O'Neill and Ashley Lenze to hold the Lady Chucks at bay.
Now 4-7, the Lady Crusaders will be at Curwensville today in a 4 p.m. start.