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Girls soccer: Pennridge rallies to beat North Penn

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Even though Pennridge’s girls soccer team may have already peaked this season, they certainly haven’t been showing any signs of it lately.

Instead, they have been playing methodically down the district path once again headed toward the state tournament.

Tuesday night at Helman Field, the Rams battled through a 1-0 deficit to rally with a pair of goals in just under a two-minute span to defeat North Penn, 2-1, in a District One Class 4A semifinal onward to a championship date with Boyertown (19-1) Saturday.

“We probably peaked earlier this season,” said Pennridge head coach Audrey Anderson about her club that raised its mark to 19-1-1 this season. “We just have been playing very consistent. Our game plan has been working for us.”

After North Penn took a 1-0 lead with just under 16 minutes left in the game, Pennridge kept its composure and responded with a pair of goals with just over eight minutes to play left in the contest.

Leah Malone tied the game off a corner from Lindsey DeHaven with 8:16, and Emily Kriney followed soon after with the game-winner from the right flank with 6:33 left in the game.

It was the third meeting between the two teams, and Kriney believed her teams’ earlier and lone 2-1 loss to the Knights Oct. 18 proved to be a wakeup call.

“We had been on a good winning streak at the time when they beat us,” said Kriney, a sophomore who leads the team with 16 goals. “We all knew then that we had to push ourselves harder to get back to where we were last season in the finals.

“It made us all realize what we still needed to do. I felt I had to play my role and score because we lost a number of girls who scored for us last year. This was a huge win for us, and it keeps us motivated to keep going. There is a good chance we could see them (North Penn) again in states.”

Along with a maturing front and back line, Anderson has been especially pleased with the play of goalie Meghan Kriney, who converted from a fielder this season. She had 11 saves on the night, and has allowed only eight goals on the season, three of them to North Penn.

“She came up huge for us tonight,” said Anderson about Kriney. “She really has done a great job for us all season, and people don’t realize the transition she had made with little difficulty.”

Whatever the outcome against Boyertown, Anderson is confident her team can withstand the trail back to the state title game where they ended their season a year ago.

“I watched them and we will have to prepare like we always do,” said Anderson. “The key will be if we are able to play our game.

“We have a pretty resilient group that can rise to the occasion. Getting out of our district really prepares us for states. Our district always is pretty tough, and we’re usually not that surprised on what we see afterward.”


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