Ridgway girls soccer lost 6-2 to Brockway in action Wednesday afternoon on a cold, windy and rainy day at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Lady Elkers as Julianna Esposito scored as she broke through the right side of Ridgway’s defense to give the Lady Rovers a 1-0 lead.
“It was a great game from Brockway,” Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena said. “They played a great game, they outplayed us. They had a great game plan. We changed it up in the second and we really came to life. We started scoring some goals. All in all, they played great, they flat out beat us. They had us on our heels the whole first half.”
Ridgway could get little going on the offensive side throughout much of the first half but the Lady Rovers added a second goal with 12:57 left in the second half from Amanda Lindemuth.
“Lindemuth and Esposito, we played them the first time and we won 5-2,” Maddalena said. “They did a really good job up here.”
Ridgway goalkeeper McKenna Rowles made a diving save on a Brockway shot which forced a corner kick. Brockway took advantage of the corner opportunity as Ann Moyer headed it in off the corner to stake the Lady Rovers to a 3-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Ridgway went to a more attacking formation in a 4-3-3 from their first half formation of a 4-5-1. The new formation created more opportunities for Ridgway but Stephanie Spirk was able to make a long run from midfield and added a breakaway goal to make the lead 4-0.
Ridgway then began to turn the momentum after the fourth goal as a shot by Kassa Kocjancic went off the post and out. Shortly after that shot, Courtney Bush buried the ball in the back of the net for Ridgway’s first goal with just under half an hour left in the second half. Bush added a goal with 24:11 left in the half and had Ridgway with a momentum switch and a 4-2 lead. Less than two minutes later, Brockway had the momentum back as Lindemuth scored her second goal on a high shot which went just under the crossbar and in.
Esposito added a goal with 2:04 left to round out the scoring for Brockway.
Ridgway won’t have much time to dwell on the loss as the Lady Elkers travel to play Clarion tonight at 6:30 p.m.
“Hopefully we’ll rebound because we’re at Clarion for a night game,” Maddalena said. “We had a bad day at the office. It was one of those bad days and unfortunately it was against a good team. We’ll put that us beside us and we have three more games until playoffs.”