Souderton slowed by Strath Haven
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First, the 23rd seed Indians bused to Wallingford and the JUDVV fiHOG RI WKH 10WK VHHGHG Panthers. Dealing with the uneven, natural terrain was one of its worries. Slowing down the Panthers’ attack was another.
After keeping it close for 50 minutes the Indians (9-9) could not visit the circle often enough and the Panthers pulled away with the 4-1 win, bringing Big Red’s season to an abrupt close.
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Practicing all week on grass could not prepare the Indians’ enough for the hops and headaches the surface caused. The Indians wished they were on their home turf, but knowing there was nothing could do about it they continue to battle the bounces to the best of their ability.
“I think our transition game was a little off,” Whiteside said. “We were back on our heels and not going to the ball like we intended to.”
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“There were some good defensive plays, but we could not get it up to the circle,” McDermott said. “Our passing was not there. We worked hard on long balls and we should have been ready for the grass.”