North Penn rolls by Central Bucks West
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“I thought it was a great way to send our seniors out,” said senior Eddie Posavec, who caught a 54-yard touchGown SDss IroP TuDrWHrEDFN 0LNH BHrsWHFKHr Ds SDrW oI WKDW SLvoWDO WKLrG TuDrWHr. “WH DOO SODyHG SrHWWy wHOO. 2ur oIIHnsH wDs FOLFNLnJ and (West) didn’t seem to EH DEOH Wo sWoS us. ,W wDs D JrHDW oIIHnsLvH SHrIorPDnFH Ey HvHryonH.”
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The Bucks closed out the scoring with Ciaudelli’s 10yard touchdown reception and John Fitz’s one-yard sneak.
West, which saw its playoff hopes fade with the loss, tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter on a 13-yard run by Riemenschneider. But the Knights took a 14-7 lead into the break on touchdown runs Ey GRzur (61) DnG 0DyfiHOG (three) and then broke open in the third.
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Both teams hit the road next week as West travels to CB South and North Penn will be at Souderton Area.
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With a spot in the District 2nH CODVV AAA finDO Rn WKH line, the Souderton boys soccer team still could not finG D wDy WR HnG LWV VWrLnJ of frustration against Central Bucks East.
Freshman Evan sare scored just short of nine minutes into the second half and that was enough for the No. 8 Patriots to edge the No. 13 Indians 1-0 in the GLVWrLFW VHPLfinDOV 7KurVday at Souderton Area High School.
“,n WKH VHPLfinDO JDPH, you expect a league team that we played twice this year that we lost two close games to, to come out harder. And we just didn’t perIRrP WRnLJKW,” 6RuGHrWRn VHnior Ryan Molyneaux said.
Senior Ben Marks had the assist of sare’s tally as Central Bucks East ended its run of losing in the district semis WKH ODVW fivH VWrDLJKW VHDVRnV. The Patriots also reached WKHLr firVW CODVV AAA finDO since 2001.
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Souderton (16-5-1) is winless in its last nine games with the Patriots (16-3-2), including the three so far this season. East has gone 8-0-1 since the Big Red’s last victory in the Suburban One League Continental Conference rivals’ series — a 1-0 victory on Oct. 15, 2009.
“From the start of the game, we just didn’t come rHDGy WR SODy,” 0ROynHDux said. “And we didn’t end ready to play, either. We played 80 minutes of soccer that wasn’t our best perforPDnFH.”
The Indians, who were last in the district semis in 2009, where looking to make the championship game for the firVW WLPH VLnFH WKHy wRn WKH Class AAA title in 2005.
Central Bucks East next faces No. 19 Abington — a 2-1 winner over Pennsbury Ln WKH RWKHr VHPLfinDO — Ln WKH DLVWrLFW 2nH finDO DW 8 p.m. Saturday at Souderton.
Souderton faces Pennsbury at 6 p.m. Saturday at Souderton. All four teams KDvH DOrHDGy TuDOLfiHG IRr the PIAA Class AAA Tournament.
“Obviously, we don’t want to go into states losing two VWrDLJKW JDPHV,” 0ROynHDux said. “We played both of them this year, we scrim-
maged Pennsbury and had a game against Abington, nonleague game (a 2-1 Souderton win on Sept. 29). Both games we played well, so hopefully tomorrow’s practice will go well and Saturday’s game will go well and we’ll be feeling good going into states.
sare’s goal came at 31:03 in the second half. Souderton cleared a ball from its 18-yard box after a Patriots’ throw-in, but East quickly sent it back in, where Marks found sare open on the left side. The freshman then put his shot into the opposite corner for 1-0 CB East lead.
“Ryan sare played a great ball in over the top. Evan brought it down, found my feet. I might have had a VKRW, EuW (vDQ wDV GHfiQLWHOy open,” Marks said. “He’s on and so I played a ball to Evan and Evan had a great clinical fiQLVK LQ WKH VLGH SDQHO. HH really brought it today.”
The Indians best chance IRU D JRDO FDPH LQ WKH fiUVW half on a sliding shot by senior Wilson Gonzalez, but East senior goalkeeper Jacob Nesteruk kept the game scoreless with a one-handed stop.
Looking for the equalizer, the Big Red had a few looks, but pushed most of those wide of the net.
“Our shots weren’t on the frame, our offense just wasn’t there tonight,” Molyneaux said.
North Penn’s Kyle Mayfield races past Central Bucks West’s John Fitz during Friday’s Suburban One Continental Conference action.