Souderton battles past Pennridge
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The Indians’ attack wasted little time in showing what it is now capable of in Wednesday afternoon’s Suburban One Continental Conference matchup with host Pennridge. GDbrLHO sFRrHG OHss WhDQ fivH minutes in as Souderton colOHFWHG WhrHH JRDOs LQ WhH firsW half to defeat the Rams 3-1 at Helman Field.
“I feel like we did pretty good in the offensive zone once we got it up there,” Gabriel said. “We had some trouble in the defense today, I guess we’re just a little tired. We, overall, do have really good offensive sticks, like shots and stick-work. And we’re just able to pull WhH bDOO rLJhW DQG fiQLsh WhH shot most of the time.”
Meghan McDermott and Tabatha Almond also scored for the Indians (4-3, 4-1 conference), who converted on WZR RI WhHLr fivH SHQDOWy FRrners to win a third-straight SOL Continental contest.
“A win is a win. We’ll take it, especially in our league, our competitive league,” Souderton coach Lauren Whiteside said. “What we did well was when we had the opportunities, we capitalized well on them. Having said that, we wished we had more opportuQLWLHs, buW ZH GHfiQLWHOy FDSLtalized on our opportunities in WhH firsW hDOI.”
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“I told them I was very pleased with their play today. They worked incredibly hard, they dominated a lot of the game. It’s just that good teams DrH JRLQJ WR fiQG ZDys WR sFRrH,” Pennridge coach Nikki Thren said. “And that’s exactly what Souderton did. They found a ZDy WR sFRrH. :H hDvH WR fiQG a way to stop that, but then be DbOH WR fiQLsh uS RQ Rur HQG, WRR. 6R, LW’s D JDPH WR GHfiQLWHOy learn from.”
Jen Bergey made 11 saves for Souderton, while Pennridge’s Sarah Seiler stopped six shots.
Gabriel staked Big Red out to a quick 1-0 advantage with her unassisted goal at 27:46.
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Souderton’s next two scores both came off corners. Standing near the left post, Meghan McDermott GHflHFWHG LQ D bDOO SODyHG by Bekah Hershey into the cage to make it 2-0 at 6:25.
Almond then gave the Indians a 3-0 lead, scoring in front at 4:36 off an assist from Alyssa Ziegler.
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The Rams ended the shutout halfway through the second half, as Reiss scored on a long shot off a corner. Melissa Herd had the assist.