Lady Elkers soccer season comes to an end

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

Lady Elkers soccer season comes to an end

The 2020 Lady Elkers soccer came to end Wednesday night at Memorial Field with a 4-1 defeat to Port Allegany.

While the campaign finished without a victory head coach Greg Maddalena and assistant Deanna Kelley’s young team gritted out the 0-11-1 year with grit and determination while setting their sights on 2021.

Hannah Kemmer scored Ridgway’s goal with 25:26 left in the game cutting the Lady Gator’s lead to 4-1. Late shots by the team’s only seniors Haylee Zimmerman and Kylie Earle went high late in the game allowing Port to finish off with the 4-1 win.

Port’s Bree Getzel scored two goals in the first half and Evin Stauffer added two in the second. Lady Elkers goal keeper junior Megan Rohr finished the game with 11 saves.

While the wins didn’t come there was a season which allowed juniors Gina Gerg, Abby MacAfee, Hannah Kemmer, Kelsey Heindl, Rae Bevacqua, Payton Delhunty and Rohr; sophomores Ella Lindberg, Emma Bienkowski, Emma Myers, Lexi Hoffman, and Brooklyn Jackson, and freshman Libby Kemmer a chance to gain valuable experience.

“While we didn’t have a lot of success [record wise] at least we had an opportunity to play the sport,” Maddalena said following the final game. “Nobody knew what 2020 was going to bring and I’m happy they go to play the season. That’s the most important thing – we got to play,” he added.

The Elkers head coach was proud of how his team battled adversity and stuck together during the win less campaign. “They’re a great bunch of girls. I can honestly say they never gave up. We knew we were young going into the season and we have a lot to work on but I think we can build on this for next year,” he added.