North Penn rallies past Souderton for bastern title
Three consecutive goals by Brittney Patterson and a couple key defensive stops by the Maiden defense pushed the North Penn girls water polo team to a comefrom-behind 8-7 victory over Souderton Area in the bastern Conference Championship Final Saturday night.
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The win secures the Maidens the top seed out of the bast in next weekend’s state tournament out at CumberOand 9aOOey. 6RudeUWRn, GRYeUnRU MLIflLn and 3ennULdge also earned state berths.
Patterson scored from up top to bring the Maidens within 7-6 with 3 minutes and 45 VeFRndV OeIW WR SOay, and she settled into the same spot about a minute later and agaLn ZaV aEOe WR ULfle a VKRW past Indians keeper Kara Stegman to tie it at seven apiece.
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Kat Perkins’ seven saves helped the Maidens hold on.
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The state championships start Friday at Cumberland 9aOOey, and WKe ERyV VWaWe tournament will be held the following weekend at North 3enn. GRYeUnRU MLIflLn, La 6aOOe, 1RUWK 3enn and 6RudeUton all earned state berths out of the bast on the boys side.