DuBOIS — After a third place finish at their own Manfredo Tournament last week, the DuBois Central Catholic girls soccer team improved their record to an even 4-4 with a 1-0 shutout win over Forest Area on Wednesday afternoon.
“We tried to not let them get in our heads, and we played our best,” said DCC coach Dawn Bressler. “Every game we get a little better, which is what I want to see. Show improvement every time.”
DuBois Central Catholic fell to Redbank Valley in the first round of the Manfredo Tournament, but battled back to beat Curwensville in the second round before defeating Franklin in the third place game. Clarion won the tournament over Redbank.
The Lady Cardinals only needed the one goal on Wednesday, which was recorded in the middle of the first half.
Rachel Aravich took a pass from Alex Ochs and got it past Lady Fire keeper Abby Gatesman for the score in the middle of the first half.
The game was played on the top field of the DCC complex with no scoreboard. The officials kept the time of the game on the field.
“Rachel has been working at that goal for a long time,” said Bressler. “She gets so close, and this time, she didn’t overthink it. She got it in. She needed that to get over that little rut she was in. Hopefully we’ll see many more out of her.”
Aravich also had a couple breakaways early in the second half, but was unable to bury the ball in the back of the net.
The Lady Cardinal defense did get tested late in the game as Forest Area threatened to score on a couple occasions.
With just a couple minutes left, DCC goalkeeper MacKenzie Manning made a save with her legs on a shot from Mackenzie Bauer to keep the shutout and the one-goal lead intact.
Manning was in goal the entire game to record the shutout.
Central Catholic will look to go over .500 on Monday as they travel to Punxsutawney.