North Penn edges Lower Me­rion

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Alexan­der Gross For Mont­gomery Me­dia

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.

“This is re­ally ex­cit­ing for our guys and I’m re­ally proud of the hus­tle and figKW WKHy VKRwHG RuW WKHUH,” Knights coach Paul Duddy said. “When you put in all the hours of hard work in prac­tice and then dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, ad­vanc­ing MuVW gLYHV uV PRUH fiUH DnG mo­ti­va­tion to keep go­ing on­wDUG.”

,n WKH fiUVW KDOI, WKH AFHV had more shots on goal than the Knights, but North Penn picked its spots to at­tack. In the 14th minute, ju­nior de­fender Sean Gor­man sliced past the de­fense un­con­tested, blast­ing a shot into the cen­ter of the net as­sisted by MunLRU PLG­fiHOGHU -DLPH BRn­ner.

BRn­nHU wDV WKH VWDU RI WKH fiUVW KDOI wLWK D gRDO RI his own in the 27th minute unas­sisted on a break­away bring­ing the ball down all the way from the Aces’ de­fen­sive zone.

“I just wanted to come out DnG bH Dg­gUHVVLYH,” BRn­nHU said. “I was able to use speed down the side­line and get away from the de­fense and PDNH D SODy IRU Py WHDP.”

As the last minute of the fiUVW KDOI FDPH WR D FORVH, Lower Me­rion had a golden op­por­tu­nity to score on a cor­ner kick, but North Penn’s de­fend­ers headed the ball away at the last sec­ond, keep­ing their two-goal ad­van­tage into half­time.

“LRwHU 0HULRn GHfinLWHOy tested us tonight, both menWDOOy DnG SKyVLFDOOy,” FRDFK Duddy said. “Now we have to use what we learned tonight and carry it over to be suc­cess­ful in the next URunG.”

IQ WKH 50WK PLQuWH, WKH AFHV IRuQG WKHLU VWULGH DQG the net with an unas­sisted gRDO Ey MuQLRU PLG­fiHOGHU Greg Levy.

Lower Me­rion goalie Con­ner vu might have let uS WwR gRDOV, EuW KH KDG three saves that were bor­der­line su­per­hu­man stopSLQg WKH .QLgKWV’ AOHx (Yans on div­ing stops.

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AV zHURV FDPH uS RQ WKH VFRUHERDUG DQG WKH fiQDO wKLVWOH EOHw, 1RUWK 3HQQ HVFDSHG wLWK D QDUURw, EuW hard-fought vic­tory.

“It’s a tough loss be­cause I know we had chances to wLQ WKLV RQH,” AFHV FRDFK 1LFR 6HYHULQL VDLG. “6RFFHU LV D gDPH RI flRw DQG mo­men­tum and I thought in the sec­ond half we EURugKW WKDW, EuW LW wDV MuVW not enough. I give credit WR 1RUWK 3HQQ. TKHy DUH D very solid group and more im­por­tantly good kids over WKHUH.”

1RUWK 3HQQ ILQLVKHG wLWK 12 VKRWV, IRuU FRUn­ers and Lower Me­rion had 16 shots and five cor­ners.

1RUWK 3HQQ fiQLVKHG wLWK nine saves and Lower Me­rion had eight saves.

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