North Penn ral­lies past Soud­er­ton for bastern ti­tle

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

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.

7Ke 1RUWK 3enn deIenVe, which got a bal­anced ef­fort throughout with two steals eaFK Ey 3aWWeUVRn, -enn HaOFRYage, .aUOLe 9RgW and 7eVV O’1eLOO, ZaV aEOe WR VWRS Soud­er­ton on its next posVeVVLRn, and WKen 3aWWeUVRn scored the go-ahead goal with 51 VeFRndV WR SOay, fiULng Rne in from the cor­ner to make it an 8-7 North Penn lead.

AIWeU VWRSV Ey eaFK WeaP, Soud­er­ton got one last chance with about eight sec­onds to SOay, and a deVSeUaWLRn VKRW hit the post as time ex­pired.

Kat Perkins’ seven saves helped the Maid­ens hold on.

“IW IeeOV UeaOOy gRRd, EuW Ze definLWeOy KaYe RuU ZRUN FuW RuW IRU uV aW VWaWeV,” 3aWter­son said. “We want to EULng LW KRPe.”

Lau­re­ana wrada’s hat trick Oed 6RudeUWRn, ZKLFK Kad a pair of two-goal leads in the IRuUWK TuaUWeU EuW FRuOd nRW hold on.

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.

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