Maid­ens, Knights sweep Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

The North Penn boys and girls wa­ter polo teams were much stronger this time around in their re­match with Soud­er­ton Area Thurs­day evening, as the Maid­ens earned an 8-4 win over the In­di­ans and the Knights scored six straight goals to close out their 11-8 vic­tory over the Big Red in the sec­ond half of the Subur­ban One League dou­ble­header.

Af­ter trail­ing Soud­er­ton ArHD 1-0 DIWHr WKH firsW TuDrter in a de­fen­sive bat­tle, the Maid­ens’ de­fense con­tin­ued to shut down the In­di­ans and the of­fense got go­ing, as North Penn (17-2) built a 5-1 lead.

“We had to stay in it de­fen­sively,” said the Maid­ens’ Brit­tney Pat­ter­son, who had a game-high six steals to go wLWK KHr JDPH-KLJK fivH JRDOs. “(Soud­er­ton) is re­lent­less. They like to press up so it was great to come out with a win.”

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“I was re­ally mad,” Pat­ter­son said, laugh­ing about the play after­wards. “They were

like drown­ing me for 10 sec­onds and I was like, ‘come on, ref, give me some­thing.’ I just saw the ball out of the cor­ner of my eye and I just hit it in. I don’t know what that was, but it was a goal.”

Lau­re­ana wrada scored three goals for the Big Red, which closed within 6-3 late in the third and 7-4 early in the fourth but could not get closer.

“The girls played re­ally well,” North Penn coach Bill Bar­tle said of his squad, which de­feated Soud­er­ton 8-7 LQ WKH fiUVW PHHWLQJ EHtween the two. “Of­fen­sively, we played well on the manup sit­u­a­tion, the girls played the lanes very well, and they an­tic­i­pated very well. We made very few mis­takes.”

The North Penn boys (811) might be play­ing their best wa­ter polo of the sea­son, aveng­ing an ear­lier 14-10 loss to the Big Red to win for the sixth time in eight games.

“It was a lot of help de­fense,” said Knights se­nior Justin sev­erka, who had four steals and a pair of blocks as well as three goals.

The Knights cut down on their men­tal er­rors in the re­match with the Big Red, and there was also one over­all dif­fer­ence at this point in the sea­son com­pared to that Septem­ber matchup.

“Ex­pe­ri­ence,” Knights coach Ja­son Grubb said. “Our guys just needed to get the ex­pe­ri­ence. We grad­u­ated a lot of guys so it was a whole new crew this year. (To get on a roll) is what we’re hop­ing for. We want to sneak into Easterns - we’re in the last spot there right now, and we’ll try to get a few up­sets.”

Kevin Cal­laghan and Matt Evers each scored three goals for the In­di­ans, who led 8-5 in the third quar­ter but it was all

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

North Penn’s Brit­tney Pat­ter­son de­fends Soud­er­ton’s Lau­re­ana Zrada dur­ing Thurs­day’s ac­tion at North Penn.

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