Souderton’s offense too much for Wissahickon
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.”
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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.
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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.”