Pennridge hasn’t forgotten last season.
The Rams had their finest season in school history since 1988 that ended in the state playoffs, but it was their controversial defeat in the District One 4A championships that still has haunted them.
The Rams lost on penalty kicks, however, they had an apparent game-winning goal wiped off due to a controversial encroachment call.
Pennridge plans to use the past as a motivation for this season, and the Rams took the first step in a recent 5-0 victory over Quakertown in the season opener for both clubs.
“That game is one that we definitely won’t forget, and it will be in the back of our minds this year,” said Pennridge head coach Pete Valimont. “We did lose some good people from last year.
“On paper, we look pretty good. We have 28 guys on the roster and that’s the second biggest that I have had. We have seven starters back, and we have five guys who saw some significant time.”
Against Quakertown, senior Jared Hess tallied a pair of goals, and seniors Jake Saville, Jeff Stritzl and junior Shane Velez added solo goals. Junior goalie CJ Dimmick had a solid day in the nets.
“Dimmick was a big key for us down the stretch last year, and he should be one of the best goalies in the league,” added Valimont. “Defensively, we have three starters back, and we have people who can score.