North Penn slips past Pennridge
Casey O’Donnell’s firsthalf goal gave the North Penn field hockey team a 1-0 win over Pennridge Wednesday night on Senior Nigh for the Maidens.
“It feels really good. I’m happy we won it for the seniors,” said O’Donnell, a sophomore. “We worked really hard during the season and it finally paid off. There was a lot of excitement, a lot of people in the stands. (On the goalF, I didn’t even know it was coming. I just saw the ball lift up in the air, I got my stick on it, and it went in. It was like slow motion for me, so it was great.”
The goal came midway through the first half on this chilly night on the turf at North Penn, as O’Donnell was able to get the ball past Pennridge keeper Sarah Seiler.
“The early goal really helped tonight,” North Penn coach Shannon McCracken said. “Pennridge is a great team so it was good to get on the board and get our confidence up.”
The Maidens then withstood some consistent pressure from the rival Rams (58-1F for the remainder of the evening.
“It was a lot of back-andforth (actionF,” said McCracken, whose team tied the Rams 1-1 earlier in the season. “It was a great matchup, but our girls just really wanted it tonight. (What made the difference for usF was that girls really wanted to honor the seniors and they just really had a lot of desire and hustle to the ball.”
Jess Wagner was solid in goal for North Penn, which awaits tonight’s seeding meeting to see if its late-season surge is enough to get a district playoff spot. After an 0-6 start, the Maidens (6-82F have now gone 6-2-2 over their last 10 games.
“We have a really young team but we’re stepping it up this year,” O’Donnell said.