Despite its undefeated record, Pennridge has been involved in some intense matches this season. There wasn't a point earned this season that did not come from a hard fought battle against one of the numerous tough Suburban One Continental teams on the schedule. Central Bucks South was no different.
The Rams came back from a goal down to equalize, but the scoring stopped there as they battled to a 1-1, double overtime draw with CB South. Both teams played solid defense and had good possessions in attack, but neither could finish opportunities in the final third. For CB South, it's a big result after losing four straight, but Pennridge will feel like it dropped points.
"I don't think it was our best game connecting passes,' Pennridge coach Audrey Anderson said. "I don't know why. One day we're on, the next we're off. We just seem flat. But we did have some scoring opportunities and our keeper came up big a few times. It's frustrating to us as a team.'
Although Pennridge had the majority of the possession in the first half, CB South showed that it could be quite dangerous on the counter. Any time the Titans forced a turnover, there were girls running up the flanks waiting to spring an attack.
South got its lone goal in the 20th minute off a counter. Lexi Brockenbrough made a daring run through the middle and took a shot that deflected off the keeper. Lindsay Weiss followed up and curled the rebound home to put the visitors up 1-0 and handed the Rams their first deficit of the season.
"We've given up a lot of goals this season, so we were playing for a 0-0 tie tonight because we needed a point,' CB South coach Joe Bocklet said. "We needed a good result and we got one. We wanted to take our chances when we got them. We knew we would only take one or two a half. We got the one goal early and almost won it in overtime.'
However, it only took eight minutes for the Rams to strike back. Looking a bit more dangerous after conceding the goal, Pennridge became a bit more concise with its passing and more organized in the midfield. After working to win a corner, Julia Rufe hit a fantastic ball into the box that was headed home by Audrey Butcher. The score was knotted at 1-1, but it appeared that another Pennridge goal was coming soon.
Unfortunately for the Rams, that goal never game. As physical as they were, CB South came out just as physical and aggressive in the second half. Although the Titans had a few chances to score in the second stanza, it was Pennridge that had a couple of golden opportunities to score that just wouldn't find the back of the net. CB South worked really hard all game and deserved the point.
"The girls executed the game plan well,' Bocklet said. "We had a lot of young players who responded really well in the second half and stuck it to them. We came out just as physical. It wasn't that we stayed in, we really went at them. I thought we played an excellent game and really earned the point.'
Anderson was left looking for answers. Despite not having a loss this season, her squad has been a bit erratic through half the campaign. There's no doubt Pennridge has the talent repeat as league champs, but it will take more consistent play to get there in a tough conference.
"We know that the second half of the season is always harder than the first,' Anderson said. "The second time around, everyone knows what you can do and they know who your best offensive players are. We tried to mix things up tonight and it didn't work out. I feel we had an off night, but CB South played very well. We learned that we can come from behind.'
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