BROCKWAY — The Ridgway girls soccer team used a pair of Amanda Williams goals to knock off Port Allegany, 2-0, Thursday at Frank Varischetti Field to punch its ticket to the District 9 Class A title game for the second straight year.
Williams, a senior, scored the only goal the Lady Elkers would need on a direct kick just outside the box 11:03 into the game. She added a second score early in the second half, and the Ridgway defense did the rest from there to secure the semifinal-round victory.
Ridgway limited the sixth-seeded Lady Gators to just five shots — holding a 17-5 edge in that category — with senior keeper Lindsey Kocjancic stopping all five of those shots to record the shutout.
Next for the second-seeded Lady Elkers is a title-game rematch with No. 1 seed Brockway. Ridgway knocked off the Lady Rovers in double-overtime, 2-1, last year to keep Brockway from winning back-to-back district crowns.
That title game will be played Tuesday at DuBois at 7 p.m.
“All-in-all, I thought the girls played a heck of a game,” said Ridgway coach Greg Maddalena. “The girls played really well today, and I thought we dominated the possession. Obviously everyone wants to score more, but that’s soccer. It is what it is. But, we got two good goals from Amanda Williams.
“We’re looking forward to getting back into the finals against whoever it is — Brockway or Elk Christian. We’re just happy to get to that next level as we did last year and be able to defend our title.
“Who knows what’s going to happen, but we know both those teams. They are both talented, and it always seems to be a close game between the three of us.”
Ridgway wasted little time asserting its dominance Thursday, as Cassidy King made a run on goal only to have a shot go wide in the opening minute.
Port had its first scoring opportunity three minutes later, but Kocjancic made a save at the near post. That proved to be the Lady Gators lone shot attempt of the first half.
It was all Lady Elkers from there, although Port Allegany did a nice job keeping itself in the game at the half.
Maria Jones nearly gave Ridgway the lead in the ninth minute, but her redirect shot off a corner kick sailed over the crossbar.
Williams didn’t miss her chance just 1:13 later when the Lady Elkers were awarded a direct kick just outside the top of the Port box. Williams blasted a shot that Lady Gator keeper Cierra Lannager got a hand on. But, it wasn’t enough to keep the ball out of the net as Ridgway went up 1-0.
King just missed a chance to put her team up 2-0 just over a minute later.
Ridgway had another golden opportunity to extend its lead during a wild sequence in the 18th minute.
Lady Elker Maddie Cowan found herself open in the box and fired a shot that Lannager got a piece of as she hustled out. The ball rolled towards a wide open net, where Lady Gator defender Sabrina Tanner cleared it away just before it crossed the line.
Tanner’s clearance went right to Ridgway’s Haylee Zimmerman, who fired a second shot on goal. tanner blocked the shot just in front of the goal line, then sat down as her legs kept the ball from crossing the line a second time.
Zimmerman hustled in try to poke the ball over the line, but Lannager dove in to corral the ball to keep it a 1-0 game — which was how the teams went to the half.
Both teams recorded shots in the opening minutes of the second half, with Kocjancic and Lannager each recording a save. Cowan then fired a shot into the side of the net just over a minute later.
Kocjancic made another save just over eight minutes into the half which sparked a Ridgway rush the other way. A flurry ensued in front of the Port net, with the ball eventually making its way out to Williams. The senior fired a shot inside the left post as Lannager tried to recover from the right side of the box to put the Lady Elkers up 2-0 with 31:52 to play.
Neither team scored after that, although both sides had a couple scoring opportunities.
Cowan had three different scoring chances in the final 20-plus minutes of the game as the Lady Elkers couldn’t extend the lead. Kocjancic also recorded two more saves during that stretch to preserve her shutout.