Lady Elkers edge Lady Dutch, 1-0

The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team lost a tough 1-0 contest to the Ridgway Lady Elkers Monday afternoon at the SMAHS soccer field.The lone goal of the game came at the 30:34 mark of the first half when Ridgway’s Abbie Lampman scored from the left side, giving Ridgway the eventual only goal of the contest.Ridgway dominated play in the first half as they kept the ball in the St. Marys half of the field. The Lady Elkers had seven shots on goal to St. Marys’ one. They also had seven corner kicks in the first 40 minutes of play.Both teams had their opportunities in the second half, but none of the shots from either team could find the back of the net. A shot by Ridgway’s Rhianon Fowler went just over the Lady Dutch goal around the 35:08 mark. With 34:18 left in the contest, Ridgway received a penalty kick for a push in the box. St. Marys keeper Megan Bridges stopped the shot by Ridgway’s Holly Schneider, keeping the score at 1-0.The St. Marys defense of Shannon Bridges, Liza Geyer and Samantha Candalor, along with keeper Megan Bridges, were kept busy for most of the contest.“The last time we played Ridgway in Ridgway, we lost 6-1 and they outplayed us in every aspect. Today we’re a better team, have a different keeper and have better communication,” said St. Marys coach Johanna Schmidt.“Going from a 6-1 score to a 1-0 score is evident to our improvement as a team,” said Schmidt. “Key players for us today were our goalie (Megan Bridges) stopping a penalty kick and the job center defender Shannon Bridges did working against their striker (Rhianon Fowler). But we’re always looking to improve.”Ridgway outshot St. Marys 12-6 and had eight corner kicks to none for St. Marys.“I thought it was one of our worst performances of the year. We just didn’t show up. But give St. Marys credit, they played a great game and we couldn’t match their intensity. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy with the win,” said Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena.“We’ll bounce back. St. Marys had a great game plan and we were fortunate to come away with the win. Now we have a couple of days of practice to get ready for Elk Catholic on Thursday,” said Maddalena.The Lady Dutch, now 4-5 on the year, will return to action Thursday when they travel to New Bethlehem to take on the Redbank Valley Bulldogs at 4 p.m.The Lady Elkers, now 7-1 on the season, will also be in action Thursday when they take on Elk County Catholic at 4 p.m. at Benzinger Park.