Pennsbury and CB West boys and Neshaminy girls were winners in SOL soccer action on Saturday. Check back for Karen Discavage’s Photo Gallery of the CR North/Harriton game.
PENNSBURY 3, FATHER JUDGE 1
The Falcons wasted little time seizing control of Saturday’s non-league opener.
The tone was set when Javier Sosa and Randy Dickersbach scored back-to-back goals in a two-minute span. The first came in the second minute when Sosa turned a feed from Nyles Cayemitte into a goal, and three minutes later, Dickersbach scored off a restart served in by Sosa.
That two-goal lead held until the 52nd minute when Judge got on the scoreboard to make it a one-goal game. The Falcons had an immediate response, upping their lead to 3-1 a minute later on a goal by Josh Panero (Dickersbach assist).
“The hardest lead really to play with is 2-0 because you’ve got a 2-0 lead, so at times, you want to kind of slow yourself down, which I think we did,” Stoddart said. “We slowed ourselves down probably a little too much offensively.
“We had some opportunities – Obi (Onouha) had a breakaway that was a really nice play he created, and the keeper made a save. We were getting plenty of shots, but when they don’t start to fall and then all of a sudden one goes the other way like that and you’re 2-1 – okay, now it’s a game again.
“We answered that quickly, which was great, and really, what that did is not only put us back up to a two-goal lead, but it changed the dynamics of the game and got us a little more focused on just taking back possession of the ball, moving the ball a little bit quicker. We really restored our rhythm also, so not just to restore the two-goal lead, but after that, I thought we played a lot better and had a lot better rhythm than we did even at 2-0.”
Stoddart lauded the efforts of a pair of players.
“Randy Dickersbach and Matiss Mednis were just absolutely locked down in the center of the field in their center midfield roles,” the Falcons’ coach said. “They kind of dominated the play and allowed all of my fast and creative guys just to do what they needed to do, knowing that those guys were holding down the center of the field. It was really good.”
Pennsbury (1-0) will host Bensalem in Wednesday’s SOL opener.
Pennsbury 2-1 3
Father Judge 0-1 1
CENTRAL BUCKS WEST 3, OWEN J ROBERTS 0
It was another day and another shutout for Dylan Smith and the Bucks.
Smith recorded three saves in goal to earn his second clean sheet of the season.
A first-half goal by Alan Zlotin with an assist from Tarin Morris turned out to be the game winner, but for good measure, the Bucks tacked on a pair of second half goals – one each from Carson Snyder and Reed Sturza. Zlotin assisted on Sturza’s goal.
Central Bucks West (2-0) will travel to William Tennent for Wednesday’s SOL opener.
Central Bucks West 1-2 3
Owen J Roberts 0-0 0
ARCHBISHOP WOOD 3, COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH 1
On the heels of a dramatic 3-2 double overtime win over highly regarded Harriton less than 24 hours earlier, the Golden Hawks didn’t have enough gas in their tank when they took the field against Wood.
“We were flat and unable to contend physically with Wood,” coach Alan Nicholl said.
A goal by Anthony Ritts (Conor Sweeney assist) gave the Golden Hawks a brief 1-0 lead. By halftime, the Vikings had knotted the score and followed that with a pair of unanswered goals in the second half.
Council Rock South (1-1) will travel to Hatboro-Horsham Tuesday for a non-league game at 7 p.m.
Archbishop Wood 1-2 3
Council Rock South 1-0 1
HARRITON 3, COUNCIL ROCK NORTH 1
The Indians turned in a solid second half but couldn’t erase an early deficit. Justin Scharf scored the Indians’ only goal of the game in the second half.
“Harriton executed in the first half, and North dominated the second half,” coach Joe Stackhouse said.
Council Rock North (0-2) will be on the road at Harry S Truman Wednesday for its non-league opener.
SOUTHERN LEHIGH 5, QUAKERTOWN 1
Junior Jake Schwartz turned a pass from freshman Caleb Roth into the Panthers’ lone goalie.
Quakertown (0-1) will travel to Wissahickon for Wednesday’s SOL opener.
SPRING-FORD 1, CENTRAL BUCKS EAST 0
NESHAMINY 5, WC RUSTIN 0
Talk about turning the tables, the Redskins did just that.
Less than 24 hours after allowing four goals in the final 22 minutes in a 4-0 loss to Unionville, the Redskins returned the favor in Saturday’s game at West Chester Rustin, closing out the game with a 4-0 tear that included three goals in a seven-minute span.
“Yesterday’s result was disappointing, but it also served as a good learning experience for the girls,” coach Chelsea Lovelace said. “After yesterday’s game, we explained to them that they couldn’t expect to take the field and win.
“Each girl had to put in the same amount of work, so today we told them the way they come out after yesterday’s loss will show us and them what kind of team they are. We put the game in the past and played the way I know we are capable of.”
The Redskins took a lead they would not lose when Brooke Mullin turned a cross from Brianna Tobin into a goal in the 17th minute. That 1-0 lead stood until Kristin Curley (Michaela Boyd assist) scored in the 48th minute.
A goal by Emily Tantala, using a cross from Jackie Ziegler, opened the floodgates. Three minutes later, Curley connected on an unassisted goal, and Curley completed the hat trick, scoring with an assist from Genna Obringer on a free kick.
“We are still trying to figure out a few things position-wise, so we changed a few things around,” Lovelace said. “But it was a total team effort today. They worked for each other all over the field.”
Leading the way for the Redskins, according to Lovelace, were captains Obringer, Ziegler, Nicole Palmer and Hannah Stonkus.
The Redskins held a commanding 14-4 advantage in shots. Goalkeeper Victoria Smith turned away all four shots she faced in the shutout. Rustin keeper Nicole Cousens recorded eight saves.
Neshaminy (1-1) will host Bensalem in Wednesday’s SOL opener.
Neshaminy 1-4 5
WC Rustin 0-0 0