Ti­tans top Soud­er­ton to take home ti­tle

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Kev Hunter

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.

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