North Penn slips past Pen­nridge

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

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.

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