BROCKWAY - The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader soccer team advanced to the District 9 Class A championship with a 1-0 victory over the DuBois Central Lady Cardinals in a match played at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.
The Lady Crusaders will take on the Karns City Lady Gremlins Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the DuBois Area High School field for the District 9 title.
In last night’s match, the winning, and only, goal of the game came with 24:24 left in the first half, when Morgan Onink of the Lady Crusaders fired a shot from about 25 yards which went over the outstretched arms of DCC keeper Kylee Schaffer.
“That was a good, old-fashioned defensive slugfest,” said ECCHS coach Don Fabiano.
The Lady Crusader defense played very well in the contest.
“Michelle Imbrogno played a super game on the outside. She stepped up at the right time and played excellent defense,” said Fabiano.
“We’re lucky to have players like Megan Dornisch and the other skill players we have,” noted the coach.
In the first half of the contest, the Lady Crusaders had three shots on goal while DCC had four. Each keeper, Karly Carnovale for Elk Catholic and Kylee Schaffer for DCC, came up with three saves in the first half.
Both teams did have opportunities in the first half, but some of the shots were over the goal or wide. DuBois Central had a shot carom off the post with 13:41 left.
“Both teams had opportunities, with both goalies making good saves,” said Fabiano.
The second half saw the Lady Crusaders have three shots on goal, while the Lady Cardinals had four.
With 7:03 left in the contest, Elk Catholic was called for a handball just out of the box, which resulted in an indirect kick. The shot sailed through the uprights of the football goalposts.
With around six minutes to go, DuBois Central had another shot go just wide left. Elk Catholic had a corner kick, which missed its mark, with 2:21 remaining.
“I think everybody got tired in the second half and we got away from our game plan in the second 40 minutes. But the important thing now is that we keep advancing,” said Fabiano.
The coach also noted that this is the fourth time in the last five years that the Lady Crusaders have reached the championship game. Elk lost to Karns City last year by a 4-2 score.