North Penn goalie Alan Vernon makes a save as he collides with Pennridge attacker Ryan Biresch, 13, during overtime action of their contest at North Penn
North Penn goalie Alan Vernon makes a save as he collides with Pennridge attacker Ryan Biresch, 13, during overtime action of their contest at North Penn High School on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

TOWAMENCIN — North Penn completed the first half of its conference schedule unbeaten while Pennridge came away from Thursday's contest with the Knights having played one of its best games of the season.

The hard-fought, 2-2 tie at North Penn gave each Suburban One League Continental Conference squad something to feel good about.

"There was a total of 21 points we could have earned in the first half of the season and we came away with 17, so that's pretty good,' said the Knights' Brad Deckel, whose team pushed ahead of Central Bucks West for first place. "I feel like the team is playing really well as a unit. We can always improve but we're doing really well right now.'

North Penn’s Mike Kohler, 8, and Pennridge’s Ethan Aigeldinger,14, battle for a ball in the air during their overtime contest at North Penn
North Penn's Mike Kohler, 8, and Pennridge's Ethan Aigeldinger,14, battle for a ball in the air during their overtime contest at North Penn High School on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

Deckel gave the Knights a 2-1 lead with about 10 minutes to play when he headed home a well-placed corner by Drew McMenamin. But with just 30 seconds left, the Rams' Adam Gebert drove a hard ground ball into the corner to tie the game 2-2 and send it into overtime.

"I thought we were gonna hold that lead but they got a good shot in,' Deckel said. "I felt like when we scored, we had the momentum to take us through to the end of the game but weird things happen in soccer and we weren't able to hold that lead.'

North Penn (7-0-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the conference) had the majority of scoring chances in the two scoreless overtimes, launching a couple of shots just over the crossbar, but the game remained a 2-2 draw.

"We had some great chances in overtime,' Knights coach Paul Duddy said. "(Pennridge) played hard and with a lot of emotion. They got after us early in the game, but then I thought we played well and got the equalizer.'

The speedy Dylan Henry set up the Rams' first goal, as Justin Csaszar was able to finish it off with a rebound, giving Pennridge a 1-0 lead about seven minutes in. North Penn tied it when Tyler Johnston was able to bang one in from a crowd out in front.

Pennridge’s Evan Gray, 9, leaps over sprawled North Penn goalie Alan Vernon as he makes a save during their contest at North Penn High School on
Pennridge's Evan Gray, 9, leaps over sprawled North Penn goalie Alan Vernon as he makes a save during their contest at North Penn High School on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

Deckel gave the Knights their 2-1 advantage before Gebert tied it for the Rams (2-4-1 in the conference).

Pennridge coach Pete Valimont congratulated several of his players afterwards for their efforts.

"They defended us well, they were organized,' Duddy said. "I thought we played much better in the second half than we did in the first half, got chances, and finally we finished one.'

North Penn will host Archbishop Wood on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for a non-league contest while the Rams get ready for a Tuesday afternoon battle at CB South.

North Penn 2, Pennridge 2

Pennridge 1 1 0 0 — 2

North Penn 1 1 0 0 — 2

First Half

P: Justin Csaszar (Dylan Henry), 7th minute; NP: Tyler Johnston, 20th minute

Second Half

NP: Brad Deckel (Drew McMenamin), 70th minute; P: Adam Gebert, 80th minute

Shots: Pennridge 10; North Penn 10

Saves: Zach Jarrett (P) 8; Jordan Katz (NP) 4 and Alan Vernon (NP) 4

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