Soud­er­ton’s of­fense too much for Wis­sahickon

Souderton Independent - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

Hav­ing strong swimmers is a ma­jor ad­van­tage in wa­ter polo, and Soud­er­ton showed their strength in a 11-2 win over Wis­sahickon.

Soud­er­ton dom­i­nated on the offensive and de­fen­sive end. When the In­di­ans came down the pool look­ing to score, they scored. When they pressed the Tro­jans’ of­fense, it was suf­fo­cat­ing. Other than two goals from Jen­nifer Xu in the sec­ond quar­ter, the Wis­sahickon at­tack could do noth­ing against Soud­er­ton’s press.

“I thought that the girls on our team re­ally worked on our offensive play,” Soud­er­ton coach Katie Far­rell said. “We also worked on a clean press de­fense. We were try­ing to get some kick outs as well. It was a good game for us.”

The In­di­ans opened the game up right away with sLx JRDOs LN WKH firsW TXDrter. Bron­wyn Smith, Me­gan Furey and Emily Dusel­lier all found the net within the firsW WZR PLNXWHs RI WKH JDPH. Wis­sahick­son had no an­swer for Soud­er­ton’s deft passes and strong surges through the mid­dle.

With 3:50 to go in the quar­ter, Furey and Alyssa San­tan­gelo scored within 50 sec- onds of each other to spread WKH PDrJLN WR fivH. .DLWOyN Roberts capped off the offensive ex­plo­sion with a goal WKrHH sHFRNGs EHIRrH WKH fiNDO whis­tle.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, Xu scored the two goals for Wis­sahickon and Soud­er­ton had a lone goal by Caleigh O’Donnell. Af­ter half­time, how­ever, the In­di­ans got back to their scor­ing ways.

Gabriella Pagano and Caro­line Mertz got into the on­slaught of goals, Roberts and Dusel­lier added a goal each in the third. Al­ready with an 11-2 lead, there was no need WR sFRrH LN WKH fiNDO TXDrWHr.

De­spite all the of­fense, Soud­er­ton goalies Kara Stegman and Ricki Hodges quelled any scor­ing at­tempts Wis­sahickon had. They were a big rea­son the of­fense JDLNHG D JrHDW GHDO RI FRN­fi­dence as the game went on.

“Our two goalies showed a good game,” Far­rell said. “It was good to see be­cause Ricki has played more jayvee this sea­son, so it was good to get her some ex­pe­ri­ence on the var­sity level. They both played well and had some good passes and saves.”

The Tro­jans re­ally didn’t ex­pect much less from the game, but are fo­cused on im­prov­ing throughout the year. “It’s a re­build­ing year for us,” Wis­sahickon coach Rob Mida sDLG. “:H ORsW fivH sHNLRrs ODsW year. They are work­ing on it. The girls were mov­ing the ball around and not sit­ting so that was good to see.”

The game was never re­ally close, so it was of the ut­most im­por­tance for Far­rell to keep the girls fo­cused de­spite the score line.

“We just continue to play our game no mat­ter what,” Far­rell said. “We run the same of­fense and same de­fense no mat­ter what the score so we can work on things throughout the game. We try to use the en­tire shot clock to get as much as we can out of ev­ery pos­ses­sion.”

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