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Ridgway had most of the possession, most of the chances and all of the goals against Smethport Wednesday.
The Lady Elkers kept the ball in Smethportâs end for much of the second half as Ridgway won 4-0 over the Lady Hubbers at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ridgway was faced with a Smethport defense which played to defend its goal and poured more personnel into the defensive third.
âThey knew we had more of an offensive threat this year,â Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena said. âThey packed it in. I said âGirls, youâre really going to have to work hard.â I want to keep them wide, cross it in and attack.â
The Lady Elkers had three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes of play and broke through on the scoreboard with 27:19 left in the first half. Angela DeAngelo fired a shot from outside the penalty area on the right wing which went in the upper right corner of the net for a 1-0 Ridgway lead.
Ridgway continued the pressure for much of the first half and doubled its lead with 15:39 left in the half. Midfielder Ashley Imbrogno fed a pass to Jenna DeAngelo. DeAngelo ripped a shot into the upper right corner as well to double the Lady Elker lead to 2-0.
Jenna DeAngelo and Abbie Lampman also had good efforts at goal as the first half wound down.
Ridgway striker Rhianon Fowler ended the first half with an exclamation point as she added a goal with 22.4 seconds remaining for a 3-0 lead entering halftime.
âItâs hard to score when they pack more in on the defense,â Maddalena said. âThe girls stepped up to the challenge, scored a couple goals and we shut them out.â
In the 13th minute of the second half, Imbrogno hit a shot off the post and Fowler ripped a shot just wide three minutes later.
Fowler would add her second goal off an assist from Olivia Cerroni with 17:38 remaining in the game to push the Ridgway lead to 4-0.
The Lady Elkers had around 80 percent of the possession in the second half as the Lady Hubbers rarely could push the ball past the midfield circle.
âThey canât score if they donât have the ball,â Maddalena said. âLook at how much possession we carried in the second half. Thatâs the game. Weâre taking it one game at a time and weâre not overlooking anybody.â
Ridgway (6-1) is scheduled to play at St. Marys next Monday for a 4 p.m. matchup. The St. Marys game is the first of five straight scheduled road games for the Lady Elkers. Ridgwayâs next home game is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5 against DuBois Central Catholic for a 4 p.m. matchup.
âThe girls are playing, theyâre loving it,â Maddalena said. âItâs just a good feeling. We have stuff to work on, weâre far away from being perfect, we all know that. They believe in themselves, they know they can win even if theyâre down, they know they can come back. Everythingâs just positive on this team, itâs just fun to coach.â