Ridgway boys soccer roared in the second half with four goals in a 5-2 victory over Curwensville Saturday at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Tied at 1-all entering the second half, Ridgway wasted little time in taking the advantage on the scoreboard as Justin Kinkead ripped a shot into the upper left side just under two minutes into the half to give Ridgway a 2-1 lead.
Ridgway would score again in the 10th minute of the second half when Luke Bobby assisted Peter Pontzer on a goal which extended the Ridgway lead to 3-1.
Pontzer added his second goal with 9:31 left in the half to give the Elkers a 4-1 lead.
Curwensville would not go down without a fight as Brett Gardner scored on a free kick just under a minute later which put the Golden Tide within two at 4-2.
Ridgway would clinch the game with 2:11 remaining as Kinkead scored on a shot from a poor angle to his right which curled in because of the wind moving in the goalward direction for Ridgway’s fifth goal of the game.
Curwensville had multiple corner kicks in the first 20 minutes of the game but could not get any of them into the back of the net. The Golden Tide would eventually score a goal on a corner kick with 13:55 left in the first half.
Ridgway coach Todd Voss said he was furious with the team’s sluggish start.
“I don’t understand why they go to sleep,” Voss said. “I know a Saturday game’s tough. We had a late practice [Friday]. They played good at the end. I’m mad at them but I’m proud of them.”
Ridgway was able to tie the game with 8:07 left in the first half as Chris Persinger put a hard shot into the right side of the goal.
Voss said the Elkers are progressing on both offense and defense as the season has gone on.
“I just introduced overlapping a week and a half ago. They’re starting to pick up and they’re concentrating on that. Our defense is solidified. We’re really marking well, making sure they don’t stab. They’re playing better defense from the back. Now we’re doing those intricate things. They are definitely starting to pick it up.”
Ridgway (3-4) is scheduled to host Port Allegany at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Voss said he feels confident in the team’s ability to improve greatly and wants to get a winning streak going with the Elkers having four of the next six games at home.
“I’m telling you, I really believe they have as much or more talent than any team in this league,” Voss said. “No doubt in my mind.”