Souderton stops conference winless streak
GrDFH 0LRrHOOL finDOOy SuW an end to the Souderton girls soccer team’s two-plus seasons of frustration in Suburban One League Continental play.
Miorelli scored after a run through the middle of the North Penn defense with less than four minutes left and the visiting Indians snapped a 34-game conference winless streak by defeating the Maidens 1-M Thursday afternoon.
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Neither side created many scoring chances, but Souderton (2-M-M, 1-M-M SOL Continental) gained some moPHnWuP ODWH Ln WKH firsW KDOI and carried it into the last 4M minutes.
“There was like a 1M-minute period where I thought we were back on our heels and then we kind of took possession back and got some good opportunities and then one that resulted in the goal,” Indians coach goe Duffy said.
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“There weren’t many scor- ing chances both ways. We had more corners than they did and we didn’t capitalize on them,” Maidens coach gim Dehner said. “Obviously, we have some things to work on. We have a lot of new faces on our team.
“Souderton is a way better team than they have been in the past. dive them a lot of credit. I think they wanted the game more as the game progressed. You could tell it was swinging to their end.”
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Both teams are back in action at 3:3M p.m. Monday with conference matchups. Souderton hosts HatboroHorsham, while North Penn visits Central Bucks South.
“There’s no teams in this league that you can look past, which is good and bad,” Dehner said. “It makes you that much better, but every game we have to be up for it mentally and physically. And I think just as the game wore on, we just kind of lost it.”
North Penn’s Elizabeth Ricci and Souderton’s Haley Tierney battle for a ball in the air during Thursday’s Suburban One Continental Conference game.