Ridgway boys soccer lost in its regular season finale by a 5-0 margin to Brockway Monday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Ridgway had kept the Rovers at bay throughout much of the first 20 minutes as Elker goalkeeper Jesse Schneider made a number of good saves, including a one-handed leaping save on a shot by Phil Esposito.
Chris Calliari finally put the Rovers on the board with a goal with 21:05 remaining in the first half. Esposito was able to get a shot past the Ridgway defense with 12:17 left in the first half which put the Brockway lead 2-0.
Zach Puhala added the Rovers’ third goal of the half as Brockway led 3-0 with 8:50 left in the half. That would be the score entering halftime.
Puhala added his second goal on a scramble in front of the Ridgway net in the second half with 28 minutes remaining as the Rovers led 4-0.
Tyler Duttry was able to score a goal for the Rovers with 7:20 remaining in the game for Brockway’s fifth goal in a 5-0 win.
Ridgway coach John Ogden said Brockway is one of the best teams in the district as the season winds down. Brockway showed that to the Elkers in the season opener as the Rovers won 12-1 over the Elkers.
“You take away the last goal and it’s an 8-goal difference,” Ogden said. “If you take away the field, I think it would be more evenly matched. I’m happy with that score. They’re loaded and they’re going to be reloading next year.”
Ridgway concluded the regular season with the game against Brockway and will be entering the District 9 Class A boys soccer playoffs. Information on Ridgway’s playoff game will be announced at a later date. Ogden said the team has been playing solidly as of late.
“I thought we played well and that leads into the playoffs,” Ogden said. “I think we’re ready.”
Ogden is happy for the players and the seniors. The group of current seniors were on a team which went 0-18 during the 2008 season.
“They’re excited,” Ogden said. “It’s a huge step to go from 0-18 to the playoffs their last year. That’s good for them. It couldn’t happen to a better group of kids.”