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Boys soccer: New division foe trips up Quakertown

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It wasn’t a complete disaster.
 
But it could have gone much better.
 
The Quakertown boys soccer team squandered some good scoring opportunities and fell to host Plymouth Whitemarsh 4-1 in a Suburban One League Liberty Division opener on Tuesday.
 
The Panthers were out of the gate quickly, getting three good scoring chances early in the game. But they came away empty, and the Colonials got on the board with 25:52 remaining in the first half on a goal by William Schildt.
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Brendan Corpus scored for PW with 8:45 to go and the Panthers entered halftime trailing 2-0.
 
Corpus made it 3-0 when he converted on the first shot of the second half.
 
Quakertown was saved from the shutout by senior Kyle Harwick, who redirected a ball from freshman Carter Tull to cut the PW lead to 3-1 with 24:54 remaining.
 
The Panthers’ hopes for a comeback were dashed five minutes later by Schildt, who put in the final tally of the day.
 
“It’s a very disappointing start for the season,” Quakertown coach Lee Bishop said. “We made a lot of mistakes out there. PW played well. They moved the ball well. We didn’t adjust well enough to their game. We were a little bit slow, a little bit sluggish.
 
“I think with the whole COVID stuff going on, that obviously has thrown the season a wobble but we need to get on with things.”
 
Due to the SOL’s realignment, the Panthers find themselves in the Liberty Division with five teams they hadn’t previously been grouped with; Plymouth Whitemarsh, Abington, Hatboro-Horsham, Upper Dublin and Wissahickon.

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