BROCKWAY – The Brockway Lady Rover soccer team eliminated the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders from the District 9-A tournament by a 2-1 score in a quarterfinal game played at Frank Varischetti Field in Brockway.
This was the third time that these two teams had met this season.
“They beat us three times by one goal each time,” said ECCHS coach Don Fabiano. “I congratulate them. To beat a team three times in one season is quite an accomplishment.”
“Their keeper (Julie Vokes) played an outstanding game. She really was the difference. She literally robbed us,” said Fabiano.
Vokes had 11 saves in the game.
In the first half of yesterday’s contest, the Lady Crusaders outshot the Lady Rovers by an 8-6 margin.
Elk Catholic had an opportunity to take the early lead when Abbi Petrosky had a penalty kick with 33:34 left in the first half because of a push in the box. Brockway keeper Julie Vokes was able to stop the shot.
Three minutes later, Brockway had a shot go wide. Elk kept the pressure on as Emma Daghir had a shot go over the Brockway goal. Around the 22-minute mark, Brockway had a shot on goal which ECC keeper Hanna Onink deflected. Brockway hit the rebound, with ECC’s Morgan Onink getting in the way.
Each team had their opportunities in the next few minutes, with the defenses of both squads stepping up. At the 2:13 mark of the first half, Brockway was able to score off a corner kick, taking the 1-0 lead at the half.
In the first 20 minutes of the second half, Elk Catholic had several scoring opportunities but the Brockway keeper was able to come up with the saves. Brockway made the score 2-0 at the 13:12 mark when Julianne Esposito scored.
Elk Catholic got on the board with 7:01 left in the game when Michaela Cashmer scored to make the score 2-1.
Both teams put on last-minute pushes, but neither could get the ball in the goal as Brockway recorded the 2-1 victory.
“We had a rough beginning to this season. We’re young and were saddled with injuries. We owe the girls a big thank-you for staying with their teammates and coaches and staying together,” said Fabiano. “We will return nine starters next year.”
Playing in their final game for the Lady Crusaders were seniors Jena Struble, Abbi Petrosky, Kathleen Kneidel and Jessica Franco.
The Lady Crusaders finished their season with a 9-8-2 record.
Brockway will meet Karns City in the semifinals next Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. Karns City beat Forest Area 6-0 Wednesday.