Coaches help team mesh

North Penn Life - - Sports - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gom- erynews.com

ehind the rugged ex­te­rior of Christo­pher aock girls’ soc­cer coach oay eess is a well cal­cu­lated soc­cer mindI al­ways look­ing for a way to make his team bet­ter. eis cre­ative play call­ing helped his se­nior Katie jcGoldrick score the lone goal in its sea­son end­ing O-N loss in the 3,AA CODVV A VHPLfinDOV.

“I was ex­cited to see my fan-play work on the di­rect kickI” eess said. “I saw it in the kcL on a kick­off and I saidI ‘I am go­ing to try that.’ I thought we did some nice tech­ni­cal stuff.”

The hard work by his Pi­o­neers made it pos­si­ble to be named aistrict One cham­pi­ons this sea­son. eess made sure he was around for this year’s state ti­tle push af­ter miss­ing last year’s dis­trict playoffs.

“Last year I had nine bro­ken ribs and did not want to catch pneu­mo­nia and re­ally be in trou­bleI” eess said. “aoc­tor said it was best I did not coach. te are very young and to get this ex­pe­ri­ence is nice for our kids. I felt like we re­ally had a chance this year.”

Last year eess was hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter a bad fall dur­ing the dis­trict playoffs and let as­sis­tant coach brin oe­ichart take the reins for the stretch runI which ended in a sec­ond round loss. This yearI with both eess and oe­ichart walk­ing the side­lineI the Pi­o­neers pre­vailed against joun­tain siew and made it to WKH SrRJrDP’V firVW HYHr VWDWH VHPLfinDO.

“brin is emo­tion­ally sta­ble and with coach eessI it is like what mood is eess inI” jcGoldrick said. “brin re­lates to us and we all love her like a big sis­ter.”

“brin is great to have on the teamI” eess said. “It is a women’s per­spec­tive and I go to her and make sure I am not too tough. It’s all part of what has to be in a good coach­ing staff.”

eess and oe­ichart are the per­fect com­ple­ment to one an­other and to­gether they had their girls be­liev­ing they were go­ing to be at eersheypark on cri­day play­ing for the ul­ti­mate prize. bven though those dreams were dashed on Tues­dayI it was easy to see

downs on three con­sec­u­tive offensive plays in the sec­ond quar­terI as quar­ter­back A.J. Curotto hit wide re­ceiver Kyle Wenger for a 35-yard TDI Rein­hard broke away to a ST-yard score on the groundI and then backup nB Troy John­son threw a gor­geous ball in stride to WengerI down the left side­line for 83 yards and a touch­down and a 35-0 lead at the break.

Soud­er­tonI which saw its play­off hopes end in heart­break­ing fash­ion last week in an 11- 10 loss to North PennI was play­ing flaw­less football on cri­day night.

“This is a great group of kids and I felt for them last weekI” Gal­lagher said. “We put a lot of bloodI sweat and tears into that game. Our kids re­ally worked hard and wanted to beat North PennI and I thought we had a great op­por­tu­ni­tyI but it slipped away for what­ever rea­son. I’m just thrilled that we got the op­por­tu­nity to come out here and play one more game.”

Soud­er­tonI get­ting many back-ups some play­ing time in the sec­ond halfI in­creased its lead to 42-0 when run­ning back Jon Hor­ton crashed in from three yards out.

voung Boyertown (3-8) did get its of­fense go­ingI with touch­downs by Cody Rich­mond (2V-yard run) and Nick McMe­namin (5-yard run)I cou­pled with a de­fen­sive score by Gray Gar­ber (2T-yard fum­ble re­turn)I mak­ing it 42-20 with 8:20 to play.

“We got things go­ing a lit­tle bitI” Bears coach Mark Scisly said. “We started ex­e­cut­ing. We had too many neg­a­tive plays iQ WKH firsW KDOI. :H’YH MusW got to be more con­sis­tent. That’s what we have to do next sea­son.”

Each team added one more touch­downI as Rein­hard plunged in from a yard out to make it 4V-20 and then the Bears capped the scor­ing with a nine-yard pass from GriI­fiQ 3DsiN WR CRGy 5iFK­mond.

Both teamsI co­in­ci­den­tal­lyI be­gan the night with a kicker named Jeff WolfI and then Shupuli kicked WKH fiQDO WwR 3A7’s IRr BiJ Red.

Soud­er­ton’s start­ing deIHQsH fiQisKHG RuW WKH sHD­son by sur­ren­der­ing just one WRuFKGRwQ iQ iWs fiQDO fiYH games.

“It felt great. It meant a lot that we go out on a winI” said John­sonI a force at line­backer throughout the en­tire firsW KDOI.

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