JOHNSONBURG – Playing on Johnsonburg's home field brought the same result as much of Ridgway's home matches at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
A victory for the Lady Elkers.
Ridgway started strong and controlled play for much of the match in a 5-0 victory over the Brockway Lady Rovers Wednesday night at Memorial Field in Johnsonburg.
"Unbelievable. These girls came to play," Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena said. "I wanted to start off on fire. It was dominant with the passing and the offensive threats. Every girl stepped up and won every 50-50 ball. That's what we need to do and we put five goals up on them. I was so impressed with how they played."
Senior striker and Johnsonburg Area High School student Rhianon Fowler had a hat trick against Brockway, opening the scoring with a soft, left-footed shot in the ninth minute. Fowler would score her second goal with 18:47 left in the first half off a long crossing pass which made the lead 2-0.
McKenna Rowles was rarely challenged by Brockway but did make a save with just over 14 minutes left in the first half.
Ashley Imbrogno, also a Johnsonburg student, would score with 10:54 left in the first half to make the margin 3-0.
The second half was much of the same for the Lady Elkers. Striker Kayli Methaney had a good chance five minutes into the second half which was saved by the Brockway goalkeeper.
Fowler completed her hat trick in grand style with 27:05 left in the first half. Fowler took the ball right at the midfield line and zigzagged her way through three Brockway defenders on an approximately 40-yard run. Fowler then took a shot which the Brockway goalkeeper was able to get a piece of but it wasn't enough of a piece as the ball trickled into the corner for a 4-0 lead.
Ridgway right winger Angela DeAngelo was able to score off a tough angle with just under 20 minutes left in the match as she took a shot from the right side of the goal line and deflected it off the post and in to push Ridgway's lead to 5-0.
"We had unbelievable scoring opportunities from everybody," Maddalena said. "What I like about this team is we have multiple scorers. That's hard to defend. I thought Kayli Methaney had a great game. Her aggressive play and her crosses were unbelievable.
Ridgway (13-2) is scheduled to host Curwensville at 4 p.m. Monday in a pivotal game for seeding with the upcoming playoffs. Maddalena said Curwensville and Ridgway were tied with two losses each entering Wednesday's action.
"I just hope this carries us to the next game," Maddalena said. "We have a big game coming up against Curwensville. I just think our overall level of play is going up and up. They're playing as a team and that's what this sport is, the team loses and the team wins. I'm just really impressed with them."