North Penn edges Lower Merion
Nail-biting, contentious, exhilarating are just a few adjectives to describe this playoff match. This game had no shortage of intensity. There was electricity flRwLng WKURugK WKH VWDnGV that ignited the home team Knights to beat Lower Merion 2-1 in the second round of the District 1 Class AAA boys soccer playoffs.
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