North taking transition game to the next level
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Based on their openinggame 12-1 defeat of New Hope Solebury, the Indians have acclimated quite well to any roster and coaching alterations. North got two- goal efforts from Nicole bnder, Katy Lehman, Tori Lyon, Laura Kwasnoski, and Taylor Campbell. Marian Schreiner and Devon Mela rounded out the visiting team’s scoring. Taylor Beck recorded six saves in goal and allowed only one Lions’ shot to reach the back of the net.
All told, the Rock had met their pregame objectives, “We knew they were a pretty new program. We went in with the mindset to play clean and get our passes down and get some pretty goals and work our system.”
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Transitioning from rookies to seasoned vets should not take the Indians long. They are already off to a good start.
Rock North goalkeeper Taylor Beck keeps her eye on the ball.
Nicole Ender shoots from outside for Council Rock North.