A pivotal 10-minute stretch in the second half helped Kane win 3-0 against Ridgway in boys soccer action Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.
After a scoreless first half, Kane was able to finally break through three minutes into the second half as Jack Wolfe assisted on a goal by Will Carley to put the Wolves ahead 1-0. Carley returned the favor a little over eight minutes later as he assisted on a finish by Wolfe for a 2-goal lead in Kane’s favor.
One minute later, Peter Sirianni boomed a free kick about 25 yards away into the upper left corner of the net as the Wolves earned their third goal in under 10 minutes.
“We give up a clump of goals and then they come back,” Ridgway coach John Ogden said. “It’s just that clump. I don’t know if they have that confidence to come back from a deficit yet. They’ll get there. They’re a young team. Kane had 10 seniors and we have three and we have kids coming up. We might be a year away but we could surprise some people by the end of the season.”
From there, the teams played evenly throughout the rest of the game. Tad Pierce and Josh Braley both had quality chances in the second half but their shots went over the goal.
Pierce also had a good chance four minutes into the game which was stopped by Kane goalkeeper Corey McGuire. McGuire faced three shots on goal in the first half and was able to stop the Elkers’ attack.
“We outshot them, we just couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” Ogden said. “The first half, we should have had a couple goals. It’s a young season, I like where they’re headed though. More passing, more team unity. It’s a different team.”
Kane had three corners in the first half compared to Ridgway’s one corner kick but neither team could score a goal.
Ridgway hosts Coudersport at 4 p.m. Thursday.