Ridgway boys soccer lost 3-2 to Smethport Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The Elkers couldn’t have started any better as Tad Pierce exploited a hole in the left side of the Smethport defense and scored just 20 seconds into the game to put Ridgway in the lead.
In the 11th minute, Pierce looped a pass from the right wing to the head of Josh Braley and he buried it perfectly into the left corner of the net as Ridgway took a 2-0 lead early in the game.
Smethport had a shot go off the post and then another long shot go wide in the 19th minute. The Hubbers’ Trevor Rowand scored with 5:09 left in the first half to cut the Ridgway lead to 2-1, that would be the score entering halftime.
In the second half, the Hubbers scored 4:05 into the second half as Justin Lund found himself open in the middle of the penalty area and was able to capitalize. Smethport would go on to score what would be the game-winning goal with 24:12 left in the second half as Tyler Koch finished a breakaway opportunity.
Ridgway coach John Ogden said the Elkers had to mark Smethport forward Dario Caminite but were unable to keep him from setting up Hubber goals.
“Dario, we needed to mark him because he sets up everything they do,” Ogden said. “He just got through and he helped with the other two goals.”
Ridgway had some chances late but could not finish as the Elkers pushed late in the match to tie but were unable to do so.
“On the plus side, last year we lost to those guys by six or seven both times. This year, it was both 3-2,” Ogden said. “Everybody in this league seems to be even because it’s always a 1-goal game in every game we play. There’s improvement, next year’s going to be really good. They had a good effort, it went down to the last second.”
Ridgway is scheduled to host Elk County Catholic at 4 p.m. Thursday.