Zrada leads Soud­er­ton by Pen­nridge

Souderton Independent - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus

Tread­ing wa­ter is cru­cial to suc­cess in wa­ter polo, but when its us­age is best served with its id­iom mean­ing, some­thing needs to change.

In both the boys and girls games be­tween Pen­nridge and Soud­er­ton the teams were “tread­ing wa­ter,” or not mak­ing much progress. With two quar­ters com­plete the games were still up for grabs.

In the ever-im­por­tant third quar­ter it was the team that VFRrHG firVW WKDW VHizHG WKH mo­men­tum and in­evitably ZRn WKH EDVWHrn DiviViRn con­tests.

TKH LDGy RDPV GrHZ HvHn DW 3-3 in WKH VHFRnG TuDrWHr on a Chelsea Weiss fast­ball and the In­di­ans, up­set about their play, de­cided to add em­pha­sis to de­fense and never looked back. Pow­ered by LDurHDnD ZrDGD’V IRur goals, two com­ing in the third quar­ter, the Big Red (6-1) rHHOHG RII VHvHn unDnVZHrHG JRDOV IRr WKH 10-3 win.

“We missed a cou­ple shots and they made a cou­ple shots,” In­di­ans’ coach Chris Hem­merle said. “It made it a lit­tle closer than it was. We played great de­fense and Kara re­ally turned it on in the sec­ond half. She is a se­nior leader for us in goal. She has a scope of the en­tire pool.”

AV WKH RDPV (5-2) VDZ WKHir GH­fiFiW HxWHnG WKHir ur­gency picked up and their VKRW VHOHFWiRn HxSDnGHG. The In­di­ans’ goalie Kara Stegmann saw shots from all over the pool, but con­stantly stopped shots headed her way.

“We did not do any­thing dif­fer­ent de­fen­sively in the sec­ond half,” Stegmann said. “We were pretty mad about Rur firVW KDOI DnG MuVW ZDnWHG it so much more. They were shoot­ing from any­where. I was watch­ing Chelsea Weiss DnG MRrJDn AOOiVRn bHFDuVH I know they are their main shoot­ers.”

Rams top In­di­ans

The Soud­er­ton boys also tar­geted the main goal scor­ers in the night­cap of the dou­ble­header, but the Rams had a game plan to de­fend against the pres­sure. They NnHZ MiNH LDZVRn ZRuOG see the Big Red de­fense col­lapse to the hole and the se­nior two-me­ter-op­tion used his team­mates to take the JDPH’V firVW WKrHH-JRDO OHDG in the third quar­ter.

“Mike was a threat ev­ery time he got the ball,” Rams’ coach Ken Vin­cent said. “When a per­son is a threat,

peo­ple start do­ing dif­fer­ent things. They dropped on him and other peo­ple were open. We knew how good Soud­er­ton was and I am very proud of the ef­fort we put in.”

While Law­son tal­lied three goals in the 14-10 win, the Rams re­ceived scores from seven dif­fer­ent play­ers. David Zur­muhl also added a trio of scores. The In­di­ans’ Holden Kudla cut the score to 12-10 to end the third quar­ter with his fourth goal of the night, but Law­son’s score to start to fourth quar­ter halted the mo­men­tum shift in its tracks.

“When they got the mo­men­tum in the third quar­ter we had to ad­just,” Law­son said. “We calmed down, played smart de­fense, and made plays. When I get the ball my num­ber one pri­or­ity is to score, and if not score, make some­thing hap­pen so some­one else does.”

It was se­nior Josh Ap­ple who beat the In­di­ans’ goalie on a dead sprint to the loose ball and made the fancy pass WR LDZsRQ WR RSHQ WKH fiQDO quar­ter. Zur­muhl scored in WKH fiQDO sHFRQG RI DFWLRQ to add to salt to Soud­er­ton’s wound.

“Pen­nridge has got­ten bet­ter, but if our guys do not show up we are go­ing to get beat,” Hem­merle said. “I think 10 goals are more than enough to win that game. The way we play de­fense needs to im­prove. But we will bounce back. We play them again.”

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