Losing five key seniors from a state semifinalist team last year, Pennridge head girls soccer coach Audrey Anderson was taking a cautious approach to the season.
“We’re a super young team for our league and conference,” said the veteran coach. “We go into every preseason with the same attitude of a blue-collar team that works hard. We don’t wait for the other team to make mistakes.”
So far, the Rams have followed their cue.
Senior Leah Malone scored a pair of goals to help Pennridge gain control in the first half and roll to a 4-0 victory very at Quakertown Sept. 25. With the victory, the Rams raised their record to 3-0, and they scored 13 goals in the process.
“I’m thrilled about the start of our season,” said Malone, who is one of nine seniors and one of four captains on the roster this fall. “Our team did a great job in finishing the week, and that is really exciting in my opinion.
“We have a lot of new talent as well as returning players, so I’m looking forward to how we can collaborate as a team to have a successful season.”
Quakertown head coach Mike Koch sees his team gaining momentum as the season moves ahead.
“I wasn’t disappointed in our effort,” he said about his team that pulled itself to a 1-1-1 mark. “Pennridge may be one of the best teams in the state. We didn’t quit and played a full 80 minutes.
“We are confident and we have pulled together. I believe we can do well this year. I already have seen a massive improvement with this club. We feel anyone can win this league.”
Koch has a solid senior base headed by senior goalie Morgan Sipprell, who has started since her sophomore year, along with fellow six senior starters Haley Gordon, Kara Kreuz, Giana Monastra, Cori Pursell, Natalie Reilly, and Paige Russell.
He also believes junior Kyla Fredericks along with sophomores Callie Abel, Mackenna Calabria, Angela Calavanese, and Carol Sipprell can make an impact.
“We lost some significant players, but we have had a good start,” added Koch. “We have a veteran senior class and some good underclassmen who can help us as well.”
Pennridge senior Lindsey DeHaven tallied a goal, and she envisions some different contributors.
“I thought we played extremely well and did a good job of keeping possession for the majority of the game,” said DeHaven. “It’s so great to see a bunch of different girls scoring and being involved with scoring opportunities.
“As for the rest of the season, even though it is shortened, I am extremely excited to see how far we can get and how well we can do. Although we are a very young team with a big majority of our players being underclassmen and freshmen, we definitely don’t play that way. It’s incredible seeing these younger girls stepping up and facing these tough teams head on with no fear.”