Soud­er­ton set for spe­cial post­sea­son

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

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.

“Hope­fully we get a home play­off game and make it to states,” In­di­ans’ se­nior goalie 7yOHr AIflHrEDFK sDLG. “WH GHfinitely are ca­pa­ble. In the playoffs you have to have guys step up and play as a team.”

Goals by Tyler McDouJDOO (LQ WKH fiIWK PLQuWH) DQG Nick Stulb (in the 38th min­uWH) KHOSHG WKH ,QGLDQs fiQish the reg­u­lar sea­son with D 13-4-1 (9-4-1 FRQIHrHQFH) rHFRrG. 7KRuJK AIflHrEDFK al­lowed an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic shot slip through the cracks in the 62nd minute (goal FrHGLWHG WR BREEy HDrORZ), the In­di­ans still played the type of de­fense that makes them ex­tremely dan­ger­ous in the playoffs.

“It was prob­a­bly the worst goal I have ever given up,” AIflHrEDFK sDLG. “0y WHDP­mates picked me up. They al­ways have my back. I don’t think we ever have given up a two-goal lead. I am happy I get to continue the tradition of strong de­fense and keep the ze­ros and ones on the board.”

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.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Soud­er­ton goalie Tyler Af­fler­bach de­flects a ball away from Cen­tral Bucks South’s Matt Gil­bert dur­ing Tues­day’s Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence game.

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