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The Elk County Catholic boys soccer team took control early and were dominant in a 9-0 victory over Ridgway Thursday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
The game was delayed for a hour because only one referee showed up for the game and the delay was done until a second referee could get to the site. The game started at 5 p.m. and a full 40-minute first half was played but there was only a 3-minute halftime and a 30-minute second half before the game was called due to darkness.
Jacob Herbstritt opened the scoring with 37:41 left in the first half as he broke through the Ridgway defense and buried a shot in the corner. Just over four minutes later, Ben Wortman delivered a well struck ball from about 40 yards out which curled perfectly into the upper left corner and gave ECC a 2-0 lead.
Ridgway had some chances early in the game but could not capitalize. Kyle Jacobs was stopped on a breakout in the ninth minute for Ridgway and there were a couple other scrambles in front of the net that were gathered in.
Herbstritt added his second goal with 17:22 left to put ECC ahead 3-0. Wortman followed with his second tally with 3:44 left and Tyler Anzinger poured in a penalty kick with 2:57 left in the first half as the Crusaders led 5-0 entering the abbreviated halftime.
The offensive onslaught continued for the Crusaders in the second half. Andrew Cotter added a goal with 25:56 left in the second half and Ian Herzing put one in with 19:52 left. Aaron Meier appeared to have scored off a scramble with 9:15 left and Ben Cheatle tallied a goal just before the second half ended to round out the scoring.
Ridgway is slated to host Curwensville at 11 a.m. Saturday for Senior Night. ECC is at Smethport for a 6:30 p.m. start Monday.