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Hatboro 3, Pennridge 1
The Rams were decked out in pink for their first “Pink Out Night” benefitting the American Cancer Society’s Walking Strides walk on October 20. The Hatters (2-8 SOL, 4-9 overall) came out strong in the contest, scoring in the first two minutes when Chris Hobbs found the net. Hobbs would score again off a corner kick to increase the lead to 2-0 at the half. The Rams started to rally back in the second half when Phalim Giblin scored, but they struggled to find their rhythm. The Hatters scored an insurance goal when Dante D’Alonzo capitalized on a fast break near the end of the game.
Rams’ Coach Pete Valimont was happy to be a part of raising money for a good cause, but was disappointed with his team’s play. After coming off an emotional win at Quakertown last night (reschedule from Tuesday), the Rams were hoping to start a late-season winning streak.
“Tonight we came in a little arrogant, but we knew they are young and they are good,” Valimont said.
Valimont admits that the Rams have struggled with scoring goals and tonight was no exception.
Hatters’ Coach Kyle McGrath was delighted to see his team net its second conference win.
“Our effort was very good from everyone,” he said. “Our work ethic was at a level we haven’t seen often. We put a lot of pressure on them.”
McGrath is hoping this win will keep the Hatters’ confidence up and that they will continue to defend well and consistently as they face their last few league games.
Pennridge (3-6 SOL) has a non-league game against National Conference powerhouse Council Rock South on Saturday (3 pm) and will host Central Bucks West on Tuesday while Hatboro will face Central Bucks South.
Pennridge’s booster president will personally present a check for the proceeds of Thursday’s match at the Walking Strides event in Philadelphia later this month.
Souderton 1, Central Bucks West 0
The Indians remain one of the top teams of the Continental Conference after beating CB West 1-0 on Thursday and improving their conference record to 7-2-1. The Indians and Bucks were deadlocked 0-0 at the half until Ryan Molyneaux found the net in the second half, assisted by Jeff Wolf.
The Bucks are now 4-5 in the SOL and will face Pennridge on Thursday while the Indians will take on the third place Patriots of CB East.
North Penn 1, Central Bucks East 1 (2 OT)
The Knights and Patriots remain tied for third place in the conference standings with identical 6-3-1 records after battling to a 1-1 tie on Thursday. The Patriots were the first to get on the board when Tyler Baer assisted on a goal by Kyle Clow in the 30th minute. The Knights rallied back when Dylan McMahon moved the ball 50 yards and ended his run by burying his shot in the corner of the goal.
Knights Coach Paul Duddy knew this would be a tough league match.
“It was an even game and it was the right result,” he said.
North Penn plays Archbishop Wood on Saturday in a non-league game.
Central Bucks South 1, Quakertown 0
Showing a flare for the dramatic, the Titans (8-1-1) maintained sole possession of first place in the conference standings after eking out a 1-0 win over the Panthers when Brendan Rennie (Matt Gilbert assist) in the 78th minutes. The Panthers fell to 2-8 in league play.
Springfield 4, Upper Merion 1
The Spartans improved their league record to 4-5-1 (5-6-1 overall) after cruising past the Vikings on Thursday. Darren Ball, Peter Trueman, Riley Woron and Igor McVeagh all netted a goal for the Spartans as Nick Emmett, Darren Ball and Matt Feiller added assists. The Vikings’ lone goal came from Jake Minnich on a penalty kick. Upper Merion’s keeper Kevin O’Sullivan managed to turn away eight of Springfield’s shots. Upper Merion’s league record is now 1-7-1.
Upper Moreland 2, Norristown 2 (2 OT)
The Bears and Eagles battled to a 2-2 tie after 100 minutes of play. The Eagles are making sure no one in the conference takes them lightly, battling two league opponents to ties in as many days after fighting Upper Dublin to a 3-3 tie on Wednesday. Norristown’s goals were scored by Brendan Kelly and Alexis Gasga while Nate Roberts and Matt Foley tallied one each for Upper Moreland. The Bears are now 3-5-1 in the league and the Eagles are 0-7-3.
Plymouth Whitemarsh 0, Wissahickon 0 (2 OT)
The third place Colonials and first place Trojans battled to a 0-0 tie on Thursday. The Trojans held a 12-8 advantage in shots. PW keeper Mike Willis turned away 10 shots while Wissahickon’s John Carozza had five saves. The Trojans record is now 8-0-2 in the American Conference and the Colonials record is 6-3-2, putting them directly behind Upper Dublin. Wissahickon travels to Cheltenham on Tuesday and Plymouth Whitemarsh visits Upper Merion.
Upper Dublin 6, Cheltenham 1
The Cardinals flew past the Panthers with a convincing 6-1 league win. The Cardinals’ victory featured five different goals scorers: John Roos (2 goals), Tyler Whitehead, Dan Demchick (1 goal, 1 assist), Brian Schaefer, and Alex Browndorf. Mike Connelly had two assists, and Glenn VanOrden and Ray Flacco each had one. Cheltenham’s only goal was scored by Fabrice Agbadan and Panther keeper Johan Katz recorded nine saves. The Panthers, who are still trying to climb up the ranks of the American League, fall to 5-5 while Upper Dublin remains in second place with a 7-1-2 record.
Neshaminy 3, Abington 2
After battling to a 0-0 halftime tie, this bout between two of the conference’s top teams would see five goals scored in the second half. Austin Transue was unstoppable for the Redskins in their victory. Transue was a part of every goal scored on Thursday, and he opened up the scoring with a header from a long throw by teammate Mike Pfender. The Ghosts quickly answered that goal when Danny Sheppard placed a free kick in the net to tie the game 1-1. Only a minute later, however, Transue found the net again after a flick by James McCourt to give his team the lead. It would be Transue once again who controlled the ball and served it to Nick Tucci who buried the ‘Skins third goal. The Ghosts would tally one more goal on a penalty kick by Sheppard, but it wouldn’t be enough.
‘Skins coach Tom Foley was thrilled with his team’s performance, especially the effort of standout Transue.
“Any time you time you can win in this league it’s a bonus,” he said. “There is not much separation from the top to bottom in the National Conference.”
Neshaminy, thanks to its win and Council Rock South’s loss, moved atop the conference standings with an 8-1-1 record while the Ghosts (5-4) remain in fourth.
Council Rock North 3, Harry S Truman
It was a long time coming for the Indians, but they finally picked up their first win of the season on Thursday, and they did it in impressive fashion, shutting out the Tigers. The Indians received a pair of goals from Alex Lean, sandwiched around a goal by Kyle Sullivan.
Pennsbury 4, Council Rock South 1
The Falcons upset the conference-leading Golden Hawks with a convincing 4-1 win. Hawks’ top goal scorer Julian Antal was the first to score in the contest, sending his team to the half with a 1-0 lead. The Falcons may have thought they were on their way to a repeat of their earlier 2-0 loss to the Hawks, but the second half belonged to Pennsbury. Doug Chapuis scored the tying goal early in the second half and gave his teammates the confidence they needed. Charlie Rushing then scored a true hat trick, putting away three unanswered goals and allowing his teammates to breathe easy as the half progressed.
“We played really well,” Falcons’ coach Tom Stoddart said. “It was definitely a game we have been waiting for. I think that every game we’ve been getting better under pressure.”
Stoddart was pleased with his team’s effort from top to bottom but gave special praise to his defense for its solid showing.
The Falcons will need to continue to maintain the rhythm they found tonight if they want to be a contender for the league title.
“This keeps us in third- right there in the race,” Stoddart said.
The Falcons are 7-3 in the league, behind only Neshaminy and Council Rock South, and they are anxious to match up against the Redskins again in their last league game of the season on Oct. 17. The Hawks (8-2) fall to second place and host the ‘Skins on
Hatboro 3, Pennridge 1
The Rams’ league run without a loss came to an end when they traveled to Hatboro-Horsham on Thursday night. Hatters’ consistent goal-scorer Marykate Bateman was the first to score in the contest, giving her team a 1-0 lead entering the half. Tory Adlam would be hard for the Rams to contain in the second half as she netted a goal early in the half. Adlam would then set up Lauren Brophy for a goal in the 53rd minute that put the Hatters on top 3-0. The Rams, down by three goals in the second half, never stopped fighting, and Shannon Chynoweth was able to connect in the 55th minute.
Head Coach Kate Lamplugh acknowledged that the Rams have speed, especially captain Natalia Pinkney, so she challenged Rachel Kaplan with the daunting task of shutting her down.
“They had opportunities but because we got on the board first and had momentum going their girls used it as motivation to keep going,” the Hatters’ coach said. “It was not an easy win. It was one of the most challenging games for us so far.”
The Hatters have notched wins over the top two seeds in the Continental Conference this week after beating Central Bucks East on Tuesday. Lamplugh contributes the Hatters’ recent successes to her seniors.
“It’s hitting home with the seniors and their realizing what’s at stake at this point,” she said.
The Hatters (6-2-2) face CB South on Tuesday, and they know it will be an important game.
“The league games we have left are all must-wins,” says Lamplugh.
Pennridge remains atop the conference standings with a 7-1-2 record. The Rams will challenge CB West on Tuesday.
Central Bucks East 2, North Penn 0
The Patriots shut out the Maidens on Thursday night. Both Patriots’ goals were scored within the first five minutes of the game, leaving the remaining 75 minutes scoreless. Nicole Pannella was the first to score off an Aimee Chimera assist at the four-minute mark. A mere minute later, Chimera would find the net after a pass from Taylor Myzsa. Patriots’ keepers Lauren Griffith and Paige Marcinkowski combined to prevent the Maidens from scoring, stopping six shots. East, which will host Souderton on Tuesday, upped its record to 7-2-1 (8-3-1 overall), preserving its 2nd place status in the standings, while North Penn falls to 1-8-1.
Central Bucks South 4, Quakertown 0
The Titans (4-3-3) shut out the Panthers 4-0 on Thursday. Goals were scored by Margo Fox (Gabby Gibson assist), Lauren Wills (Nikki Weiss assist), Kelsey Mariner (Kelli Joerger assist), and Taylor Matsinger (Jess Volm assist). Keepers Morgan Campbell and Emily Polcino combined to stop all of Quakertown’s (1-8-1 SOL) shots on goal.
Neshaminy 6, Abington 0
The Redskins remained undefeated in the National League while picking up their ninth league shutout after blanking the Ghosts and improving their record to 10-0. Megan Schafer dominated the field for the Skins once again scoring goals, and adding to her total of 23 goals this season. Erin Farrell and Fran Donato (1 assist) also tallied one goal each in the victory. Shafer, Gabby Farrell and Jamie Mason each added an assist. The Ghosts are now 3-7, and they will face Truman on Tuesday while the ‘Skins visit William Tennent.
Council Rock South 2, Pennsbury 2 (2 OT)
The Falcons and Golden Hawks ended gridlocked 2-2 in an evenly matched league game. Rock South’s Taylor Dillon and Pennsbury’s Lexi Brown each scored in the first half to send the two teams into intermission 1-1. In the second half Paige McDowell would score a goal for the Hawks while Megan Engeland connected for the Falcons. Neither team was able to score during 20 minutes of overtime. The Falcons continue to lead the Hawks in the league standings with a 6-2-1 record, but Council Rock South is close behind them at 5-3-1. South hosts Bensalem on Tuesday, and Pennsbury visits second-place Council Rock North on Wednesday.
William Tennent 2, Bensalem 1
Council Rock North 4, Harry S Truman 0
The Indians, who improved to 8-2 in conference play, received goals from Nicole Moonan, Michaela Finneyfrock, Brianna Columbo and Anastasia.
Wissahickon 3, Plymouth Whitemarsh 1
In a contest pitting the top two teams in the American Conference, the Trojans were out to avenge their loss to the Colonials earlier in the season. The Trojans found the net only eight minutes into the game when Rukie Arango-Kautz connected on a cross from Cailin Grey at the goal line to lead by one. The rest of the half would remain scoreless, and the Trojans led 1-0 at halftime. About five minutes into the half, Sami Silarwould find Alyssa Ryan who snuck one by the approaching keeper. The Colonials rallied back, scoring off a header 15 minutes later to make it a 2-1 game. However, Liz Gregorio sealed the deal for the Trojans when she buried a deflection off the hands of the Colonials’ keeper.
Coach Shannon Creamer-Franke commended the efforts of goalie Rachel Stone, who is credited with nine saves in the victory, as well as central midfielders Alyssa Ryan and Ellen-Claire Benbow. Wissahickon remains atop the league with a 9-1 record (10-3 overall), and Plymouth Whitemarsh (7-3) now shares second place with Upper Dublin. The Trojans visit Cheltenham on Tuesday, and the Colonials host Upper Merion.
Upper Dublin 3, Cheltenham 1
The Lady Cardinals defeated the Lady Panthers 3-1 in a league matchup on Thursday. Courtney Boudwin led the Lady Cards, scoring a pair of goals, and Julie Cross added a second half goal. Cheltenham’s Streitweiser also scored in the second half, but the Lady Panthers couldn’t dig their way out of their early hole. Upper Dublin is now in a two-way tie with Plymouth Whitemarsh for second place in the conference with a 7-3 record while Cheltenham is close behind them with a 5-5 record.
Upper Moreland 3, Norristown 2
The Golden Bears (4-5 SOL) and the Eagles (0-10) went back and forth on Thursday in a close league match-up, but it was Upper Moreland finding find the net in the final seconds to claim the victory. Norristown goals were scored by Brianna Schools and Roshell Vincent.
Springfield 1, Upper Merion 0
The Spartans collected their second league victory after shutting out the Vikings 1-0. Paige Morrison scored the only goal in the first half, and the Vikings were unable to answer back. Spartans Coach Suzette Wolf was delighted with her team’s effort, especially the performances of Molly Fitzpatrick and Maisey Bradley.