North Penn surges past Pen­nridge

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

Pen­nridge gave the North Penn boys soc­cer team an early wake-up call Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. rn­for­tu­nately for the Rams, Alex Evans was there to an­swer it.

Evans col­lected a hat trick in the first half as the host Knights scored four times in the open­ing 40 min­utes and cruised to a 5-1 Subur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence win.

“We were ac­tu­ally kind of for­tu­nate that hap­pened, it got us back in the game,” said Evans of Kris Gross’ goal that put Pen­nridge up 1-0. “We played bet­ter be­cause of it.”

Matt Robin­son and Nick Gam­bone also scored for North Penn (12-4-1, 10-3-1 con­fer­enceF, which earned its fifth straight win.

“I wasn’t happy with our first 20 min­utes,” Knights coach Paul Duddy said. “When we went down a goal, I think we started too slow, and there’s just too many good teams out there to do that. But af­ter about 20 min­utes, go­ing down a goal then we started re­ally play­ing well. Got some great goals and pretty heads up play.”

The vic­tory puts the Knights three points ahead of Cen­tral Bucks East for sec­ond place in the SOL Con­ti­nen­tal. On Thurs­day, CB East faces Cen­tral Bucks South, which clinched the con­fer­ence ti­tle with its 1-0 win over Soud­er­ton Tues­day.

For Pen­nridge, the loss was its sixth straight as the Rams ended their sea­son 3-14-1 (3-11-0 con­fer­enceF.

“We’ve scored first against CB East, CB South, 0-0 at half with Soud­er­ton, the top four teams (in the SOL Con­ti­nen­talF our sec­ond time around with them, we com­pete, we do well. It’s just a mat­ter of main­tain­ing,” Pen­nridge coach Pete Val­imont said. “It’s just a mat­ter of hav­ing the con­fi­dence to play a full 80 (min­utesF.

“North Penn’s a great team, they’re very skilled. Robin­son and Evans up there are two tough kids to beat them. I’ll be happy next year when they’re gone.”

North Penn com­pletes its reg­u­lar sea­son Fri­day as it hosts Holy Ghost Prep at 3:45 p.m.

“A lot of peo­ple think they’re the best team in the area,” said Duddy of the Fire­birds. “So, it’ll be a good matchup on Fri­day.”

Evans col­lected the equal­izer af­ter Robin­son headed for­ward a Pen­nridge goal kick, with Evans us­ing a nice touch to place the ball into the back of the net.

“Me and him have be­ing do­ing that all year, it’s good to see me and him trade off, “Evans said. “Just hap­pened that I did it this time. I’ll get him back.”

Evans’ sec­ond tally put the Knights ahead for good, as a ball played by Sean Gor­man into the 18-yard box found Evans in traf­fic for a goal a 2-1 lead.

Robin­son added to the North Penn ad­van­tage af­ter be­ing tak­ing down in the box for a penalty kick. The se­nior con­verted the try with a shot into the lower left cor­ner.

Evans then col­lected his third goal, beat­ing a Pen­nridge de­fender for a ball then blast­ing it into the top of the net to put North Penn up 4-1.

“It’s great,” Evans said of the hat trick, his first as a Knight. “It’s great to go in the first half and put the team in the po­si­tion to win.”

Gam­bone scored North Penn’s fifth goal in the sec­ond half, slid­ing in his shot past the out­com­ing Rams keeper.

In the first half, Gross staked Pen­nridge out to the early 1-0 lead af­ter a pass from the right side by Dy­lan Henry.

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