Maidens, Knights sweep Souderton
The North Penn boys and girls water polo teams were much stronger this time around in their rematch with Souderton Area Thursday evening, as the Maidens earned an 8-4 win over the Indians and the Knights scored six straight goals to close out their 11-8 victory over the Big Red in the second half of the Suburban One League doubleheader.
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“I was really mad,” Patterson said, laughing about the play afterwards. “They were
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Laureana wrada scored three goals for the Big Red, which closed within 6-3 late in the third and 7-4 early in the fourth but could not get closer.
“The girls played really well,” North Penn coach Bill Bartle said of his squad, which defeated Souderton 8-7 LQ WKH fiUVW PHHWLQJ EHtween the two. “Offensively, we played well on the manup situation, the girls played the lanes very well, and they anticipated very well. We made very few mistakes.”
The North Penn boys (811) might be playing their best water polo of the season, avenging an earlier 14-10 loss to the Big Red to win for the sixth time in eight games.
“It was a lot of help defense,” said Knights senior Justin severka, who had four steals and a pair of blocks as well as three goals.
The Knights cut down on their mental errors in the rematch with the Big Red, and there was also one overall difference at this point in the season compared to that September matchup.
“Experience,” Knights coach Jason Grubb said. “Our guys just needed to get the experience. We graduated a lot of guys so it was a whole new crew this year. (To get on a roll) is what we’re hoping for. We want to sneak into Easterns - we’re in the last spot there right now, and we’ll try to get a few upsets.”
Kevin Callaghan and Matt Evers each scored three goals for the Indians, who led 8-5 in the third quarter but it was all
North Penn’s Brittney Patterson defends Souderton’s Laureana Zrada during Thursday’s action at North Penn.