Elkers down Rams, 2-1
Ridgway boys soccer won 2-1 over Johnsonburg Saturday morning at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School. The two teams competed to a scoreless first 40 minutes of play and continued in a 0-0 tie for much of the second half. "You can see the difference. When we put Kyle (Sheldon) back on defense, it's hard for teams to score on us," Johnsonburg head coach Lance Rezmerski said. "If we put him up on offense, we score. I can't have him in both places so we played to keep the score down the last three games and the scores have been lower. The rest of them are playing better and it gets frustrating for the players. The first few games, we gave up six, seven and four goals. The last few we've been in it with either 1-0 or 0-0 games at halftime. We got to find a way to maybe work Kyle into the front without starting the goal scoring for the other team. Overall, we played well. Ridgway's got a nice team. I just wish we could end up on top of one of these." Kyle Kinkead of Ridgway was finally able to break through the Johnsonburg defense and put the game's first goal in the net with 16:42 left in the second half. Kyle Jacobs answered with a goal off a pass from a free kick taken by Luke Bobby. Jacobs had the game-winning goal on Thursday against Coudersport and scored what turned out to be the go-ahead goal Saturday as the Elkers led 2-0 with just over nine minutes left. "I wish they could have scored more but they played hard," Ridgway assistant coach John Assalone said. "They got the passes through that they needed to and scored."Assalone was happy with the way the Elkers charged the net on Jacobs' goal. "It's nice to see that," Assalone said. "They crashed the net again. The second half they played better than the first."The Rams would not give up and put a charge into the game with a little more than five minutes left. Kyle Sheldon, moved up from defense to striker, broke past the Ridgway defense and booted a left-footed shot off the far post and in to cut the lead down to 2-1. "We had to play hard and stay in front of them so they wouldn't score," Assalone said. "They got one through on a nice shot." That would be the closest Johnsonburg would get as the Elkers won for the second time over the Rams in a week. Ridgway had a 4-1 win over Johnsonburg at the Elk County Tournament on Sept. 10. Ridgway plays at Smethport Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. game. Johnsonburg is at Elk County Catholic for a 7 p.m. game.