The Port Allegany girls soccer team played Curwensville even for almost all of its District 9 Class A playoff opener, but two late goals by the Golden Tide gave the home team a 5-3 win on Oct. 21, bringing Port’s season to a close.

“We got a little bit tired,” Gator coach Tony Edgell said after watching his club take leads of 2-1 and 3-2 in the first half, then carry a tie deep into the second half before the Tide’s Chloe Davis netted the gamewinner in the 77th minute.

Davis finished the game with a hat trick, while teammate Emma Rebar scored the other two Curwensville goals.

“Their goal-scorers were the ones we knew were going to score the goals, there were just no ifs, ands, or buts about that, and we kept them quiet for a good portion of the game,” Edgell said. “I am still very proud of my girls. They did very well this season.”

After the Tide took a quick 1-0 lead, the Gators responded with goals by Cailey Barnett and Emma Fox to go up 2-1 less than 10 minutes into the game. Barnett’s second score, midway through the first half, made it 3-2 before Davis tied it with her second goal just before halftime.

Despite Port’s 7-9-1 overall season record, which included losses against several big-school teams, Edgell was pleased with his squad’s 6-2-1 mark against fellow Class A programs.

“Very good record against Single-A schools, and I’m hoping we can better that next season,” he said, noting that Port had moved up from last year’s No. 6 seed to take fifth this year.

Fox (12/35) edged Barnett (11/33) in both the season and career goal totals; those two, along with fellow seniors Kayla Copp, Angela Smith, and Yarielly Colon, ended their Gator careers with their fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs.

“This is a great senior class. They for the most part stuck together and did what they needed to do, and they kept the team pumped up,” Edgell said. “I have only praise to say for them.”