Souderton set for special postseason
Once again the Souderton boys’ soccer team will be stuck with a seeding that GRHs QRW rHflHFW KRZ WKHy IHHO about their chances heading into the Class AAAA District One tournament.
A few blemishes along the way hindered hopes of Suburban One Continental Conference championship, but the Indians feel they have matured from the bumps taken during the regular season. With a 2-1 win on Wednesday over Quakertown, the Indians expect to make a deep run in the postseason.
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The four leagues losses dropped the Indians all the way to fourth place in the competitive Continental Conference. Even the Panthers (513-0, 3-11) FDPH WR 6RuGHrton’s Alumni Field focused on forcing the Indians’ playoffs seeding to fall further.
“Quakertown scored two goals the last time we played WKHP,” AIflHrEDFK sDLG. “They are really dangerous. Kyle Wolfe is a great player and Nick Lapinski is a great goalkeeper. We knew it was going to be a tough win.”
Whether the Indians are the 10th seed or the 24th seed they are ready for the challenge that awaits them in the district playoffs. AfflHrEDFK KDs sHHQ KLs JrRuS surprise higher seeds in the past. Last year the Indians pulled the upset over Wissahickon and eventually rHDFKHG WKH TuDrWHrfiQDOs. The team that draws the Indians this October should be full aware of their pedigree. This senior group is ready to dash the district title dreams of anyone who stands in their way.
Souderton goalie Tyler Afflerbach deflects a ball away from Central Bucks South’s Matt Gilbert during Tuesday’s Suburban One Continental Conference game.