Titans top Souderton to take home title
A penalty kick off the foot of Patrick Berneski with just four minutes to play provided the only goal in Central Bucks South’s 1-0 win over Souderton Area Tuesday afternoon, as the Titans locked up the Suburban One League Continental Conference title.
“I got fouled in the box, and I just wanted to step up and put my team ahead,” Berneski said. “(On the shot), I just knew where I was going to put it and I put it there.”
Berneski was able to get the kick past Big Red goalie TyOHU AIflHUEDFK, ZKR KDG stopped everything else on this mild, windy day on the grass at South.
“It was physical and high energy,” Titans coach Don Brady said. “I don’t think either team was playing the way it wanted to tactically — I think emotion was more of a dictator. It had meaning for both teams. I don’t think we played our possession game the way we would have liked to, but to Souderton’s credit, they used that physicality of the game to really put us under pressure.”
The Indians (8-4-1 in the conference) had a pair of penalty kicks of their own in WKH fiUsW KDOI, EuW ERWK ZHUH saved by Titans goalie Matt Weigner.
“He saved two PK’s in one game. You don’t even get that in a season,” Brady said, laughing. “He’s done a fantastic job all year, It’s his 10th shutout of the season. I’m just real proud of all these guys.”
The Titans (11-1-1 in the conference) were able to avoid having to wait until Thursday’s showdown with rival CB East to clinch and were able to win the title outright on Tuesday.
“The best thing (about the conference) is that it really prepares you for District One,” Brady said. “You know coming out of your conference — whether you’re a one seed, two, three or four, it doesn’t matter — that you’re prepared for District One, and that’s the best thing about it.”
Souderton’s other best chance to score came on a sequence midway through the second half, when the Indians were able to generate some pressure, but Weigner was able to smother a ground-ball shot while lying on the ground, and then the ball was cleared out by a South defender.
Ultimately, Berneski’s late PK was the only shot that found the back of the net. After closing out the regular season — Souderton hosts Quakertown tonight — both South and Big Red will await the district seeding meeting on Sunday.