Lady Crusaders and Lady Dutch battle to 2-2 tie

The St. Marys Area and Elk County Catholic girls’ soccer teams battled to a 2-2 tie Saturday morning at Benzinger Park.While St. Marys held a 1-0 lead after the first 40 minutes of play, Elk Catholic tied the match at 1-all at the 37:51 mark. The Lady Crusaders took the 2-1 lead with 22:09 left only to see St. Marys tie the match at 2-all at the 17:31 mark.In the two overtime periods, Elk Catholic had six shots to St. Marys Area’s one but neither team could find the goal.“No matter what the records are, it is a good game when St. Marys Area and Elk Catholic get together,” said Lady Dutch coach Dr. Bob Schmidt.“This was the best game we have played but we still have a lot of work to do. I am real proud of the girls. It was a total team effort,” said Schmidt. “Elk Catholic also played well. Both teams are rebuilding.”The first 40 minutes of play found the Lady Crusaders getting five shots to St. Marys Area’a two. Each team had one corner kick.The only score came at the 15:46 mark when Shannon Bridges scored on a penalty kick. The penalty kick was for a hand ball in the box as Elk had tried to clear a SMA corner kick.At the 37:51 mark of the second half, the Lady Crusaders got on the board as Emma Daghir scored on an assist from Jena Struble.The Lady Crusaders took the 2-1 lead at the 22:09 mark when Struble scored on an assist by Abbi Petrosky.St. Marys was able to tie the match at 2-all with 17:31 left in the game when a corner kick produced a rolling ball that went just inside the post.“I thought we played a pretty decent game. We produced a lot of scoring chances and played a solid defense on the field,” said ECCHS coach Don Fabiano.“The whole game came down to our inability to cash in on our scoring chances and St. Marys being able to take advantage of their opportunities. Clearing the ball on corner kicks has been a real problem,” said Fabiano.“We are getting the ball down in deep and across in front of the goal. Our defense was strong and the eam kept hustling throughout the 100 minutes of the game. It’s a matter now of working to smooth out some excitement that is putting us a step here and there out of position,” added Fabiano.For the game, Elk Catholic outshot the Lady Dutch 17-4. They had nine corner kicks to SMA’s three. The Lady Crusaders outshot the Lady Dutch 7-1 in the overtime periods. Elk had four corner kicks in the extra time.The Lady Dutch are now 1-7-1 on the season. They return to action today as they travel to Ridgway for a 4 p.m. match with the Lady Elkers.The Lady Crusaders are now 3-4-1 on the season. They return to action Tuesday when they travel to Brookville for a 4 p.m. match.