DuBOIS — After opening the season with a 5-0 loss to Elk County Catholic last Friday, the new-look DuBois Central Catholic girls soccer team got win No. 1 of the new season with a close 3-2 win over Curwensville on Wednesday afternoon at DCC High School.
The win was the first for new Lady Cardinal coach Dawn Bressler in DCC’s home opener.
“So far, so good. We’re hoping for the best,” said Bressler of the season. “The team looks good. I’m proud of them, and they really have worked together as a team. That’s really all I can ask for.”
The Lady Cardinals took a 2-1 lead into halftime before both teams earned a quick goal not even two minutes apart from each other in the second half. The Lady Cardinals hung on from there, playing good defense throughout the rest of the half to secure the win.
Central had a couple close opportunities in the first 10 minutes of the game as Abbey Pettenati danced through traffic and got a shot off, but the shot was saved by Lady Tide keeper Maura Bunnell in the third minute.
Sabrina Spencer also got a nice cross pass in the seventh minute in the middle of the field to Rachel Aravich, but the ball was once again played by Bunnell.
Curwensville also had a couple opportunities to get on the board early, but DCC keeper MacKenzie Manning kept all shots out of the goal.
The Lady Tide’s Madison Weber got her team’s first shot in the 11th minute of the game, while Emma Rebar hit the goal post just three minutes later.
Manning also made an over-the-head save later in the first half to keep the game scoreless.
At the 21:03 mark, a Lady Cardinal was tripped up in the goal box, leading to a penalty kick. Meghan Graeca took the PK, and buried the ball in the top-right corner of the goal for the Lady Cardinals’ first goal of the season.
The Lady Cardinals kept the pressure on over the next five minutes before putting the ball in once again.
Jordy Kosko put one past the Curwensville keeper after the shot appeared to be off the mark, but got just inside the left goal post for the score, giving DCC a 2-0 lead at the 27:24 mark.
Curwensville cut its deficit in half six minutes later. A shot deflected off Manning in goal, and the Lady Tide’s Chloe Davis was there for the rebound to cut the lead to 2-1.
The score remained 2-1 at the half with DCC holding a 12-5 advantage in shots.
Davis also got the assist for Curwensville in its game-tying goal. Davis got the pass to Weber on the left wing, and Weber got the shot high out of the reach of Manning to get the equalizer just over five minutes into the second half.
But the tie didn’t last long as Aravich got a pass from Sabrina Spencer in the middle of the field and buried it past Bunnell in goal to take a 3-2 lead.
Despite only getting four shots in the second half, the Lady Cardinals still had a couple chances to score in the final 30 minutes.
Spencer put up a shot that was handled by Bunnell in the 53rd minute, while Kosko had a chance at a second goal gloved by the Curwensville freshman keeper.
With DCC playing keep-away in the final minute, the Lady Tide did get one final chance at a game-tying goal in the final 10 seconds as Rebar’s desperation shot was caught by Manning to finish the game.
Central Catholic, which is now 1-1 on the season, is off until Monday when they visit Brockway for a 7 p.m. game.
Curwensville hosts Ridgway on Saturday morning.