Ridgway boys soccer lost 3-1 to Port Allegany Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The Elkers played well with the Gators during the first 30-plus minutes, keeping the game scoreless while generating some chances of their own. Ridgway striker Peter Pontzer had a pair of chances in the first half including a blazing run through the middle of the field which led to a shot that went just over the top of the goal. Bryce Dias also had a good chance with 9:15 left but the shot was saved.
Port Allegany did have a cavalcade of corner kicks in the first half. The Gators had three straight corner kicks in the 33rd minute of the first half and finally converted as Port Allegany senior striker Scott Brookens headed a ball in the back of the net directly off a corner kick.
“I told them, ‘If they score first, don’t get down.’ At halftime, I had no doubt about it we’re going to come back,” Ridgway coach Todd Voss said.
The Gators drew a penalty kick and it appeared that the Gators had scored its second goal of the half. However, it was ruled by the officials that the Gators had entered the penalty area before the kick went into the net which negated the goal.
A turning point of the game came in the second half when Brookens added two goals in the span of a minute off Ridgway errors in the defensive third to push the Gator lead to 3-0.
The Elkers began to get things going on the offensive end late in the game. Luke Bobby would make a fast run in the middle of the field into the top of the penalty area. Bobby took a shot which hit the post but bounced right to Justin Kinkead who shot the ball in for a goal.
Ridgway improved from a 7-1 loss to Port Allegany in the season opener.
“It shows a lot of character to come back and get a goal,” Voss said. “That was kind of nice. All I can say is tremendous improvement from 7-1 last time.”
Ridgway registered 16 shots but had a hard time making the Port Allegany goalkeeper work as a number of Ridgway’s shots were off target.
“We have a good transition. Our shots were off net,” Voss said. “That’s not bad, 16 to 25 is a lot of shots for a soccer game. I told them in the locker room that this one’s on me.”
Ridgway (3-5) is scheduled to play at St. Marys for a 4 p.m. game Thursday.