BROCKWAY — The Brockway girls soccer team was dealt their lone loss of the season two weeks ago to Ridgway, but made up for it on Tuesday evening for Senior Night as the Lady Elkers came to Frank Varischetti Field.
The Lady Rovers’ Chanell Britten scored a hat trick, and their lone senior in Leah Lindemuth put the game away with a late goal to defeat Ridgway, 4-2.
“The girls were pretty bummed after we went to Ridgway,” said Brockway coach Jess Leadbetter. “They knew Ridgway outplayed us. They played a really tough game. The past two weeks, we’ve been working on different strategies, a couple different lineups, moving the ball around and trying to figure out what works best. They’ve really capitalized on it. I think tonight showed their hard work paid off.”
Lindemuth was honored as the Lady Rovers lone senior prior to the game and after the boys game concluded.
For Ridgway, they dropped to 13-5 on the season as they enter next week’s District 9 playoffs.
“I thought it was a great game,” said Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena. “We beat them 5-1 earlier in the season. We’re two really great teams in District 9. I think we’re going to see each other again sometime in the District 9 playoffs. Who knows what will happen?
“I think we’re two very well-coached teams. They got the upper hand today. I’m pleased with our performance on turf. We had plenty of chances. It could’ve went either way, but they deserved to win. They put the ball in the net. I’m really pleased though, and we’ll see what happens in the playoffs.”
Shots were few and far between for both teams on the evening as Brockway took the final shot count, 11-9.
Britten finally got the first goal of the game in at 25:17 as she split two Lady Elker defenders in the middle of the field from the 10 and blasted the shot into the net for the first score.
But she wasn’t done from there either. Just a couple minutes later, Britten got her second goal at 27:22. Callie Barber booted a corner kick, and the sophomore headed the ball into the net, giving the Lady Rovers a 2-0 lead.
Shots were even at four apiece at the half. Brockway keeper Mackenzie Overbeck came up with a diving save late in the first half to keep Ridgway off the board for the time being as the Lady Rovers took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The Lady Elkers got on the board just over eight minutes into the second half as Maddie Cowan one-timed the ball into the goal as the Ridgway deficit was cut in half.
Britten got the two-goal lead back for her team at 58:36, giving her a hat trick for the game on a breakaway goal.
The Lady Elkers didn’t go away from there, however. After fighting off another near goal from Britten with 11 minutes left, Ridgway got the ball downfield quickly. One of the Lady Elkers got a shot off that Overback had to make a diving save on, but Cowan was there for the rebound as she kicked the ball home as they cut the Brockway lead to 3-2.
It only took just over a minute later for Lindemuth to put in the final goal of the game from the right wing at 70:50 to cap off her Senior Night.
“She really earned that one tonight,” said Leadbetter. “She’s the only senior. She really boosts the morale for everybody. She had a lot of great crosses tonight to Chanell, her sister Morgan, and Morrigan Decker on the other side. It was a team effort, but that kind of put the cherry on top for Senior Night tonight.”
Overbeck had six saves on the night for Brockway, while Ridgway keeper Lindsey Kocjancic made five saves.
Brockway (14-1) will end the regular season on Thursday as they travel to Elk County Catholic for a 4 p.m. game.