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CB South, Pennridge fit to be tied

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Pennridge senior Liz Cardie attempts to block CB South sophomore Lauren Ewell’s path to the ball.

Head coaches Audrey Anderson and Betsy Bullock have been coaching against each other for a number of years, and each time they meet, their teams always put up a good fight.

The same was true on Friday afternoon, as Anderson’s Pennridge Rams and Bullock’s Central Bucks South Titans played to a 0-0 draw in two overtimes at Helman Field in East Rockhill.

“We always play each other very tough and very close,” Bullock said.

It was the second double-overtime contest in a row for the Titans (1-1-1 overall), who fell to Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference foe Souderton, 4-3, last Thursday. Bullock didn’t think the draw was a setback for a Titans team that lost in overtime of the 2016 state Class AAAA final.

“It’s very early in the season, and I think that we’ve probably played two of the best teams in the Suburban One Continental,” Bullock said. “I think it actually just shows that we’re still competitive.”

“It’s the first game of the season. It’s pretty much a brand-new team, so for us to come out and battle like we did [on Friday], I’ll take it,” Anderson said.

CB South senior forward Aleksa Peev had two goals and an assist against Souderton, but she was kept off the scoreboard at Pennridge, a state quarterfinalist a year ago.

As a team captain, Peev had to make sure she gave her best effort despite the physical and mental taxation of two straight double-overtime contests.

“It is exhausting with two double overtimes, but we just have to keep working and keep giving it our all, and once we do get to that overtime, we just have to give it all we’ve got just to keep going and finish it off,” Peev said.

“Sarah Williams and Courtney Supp, my two center backs, did an incredible job,” Anderson said. “Aleksa Peev’s a great player, and for those two to limit her scoring opportunities was amazing.”

Pennridge’s defense snared Peev’s Titans, and Rams junior goalkeeper Mary Kate Levush, who notched six saves, had an easy time stopping CB South’s few scoring chances. On the other hand, junior Abby Groff was all over the field for the Rams, who dominated the time of attack. The Rams were in the Titans’ zone for much of the game, but CB South senior goalkeeper Maddie McShane fended off any and all shots that entered her territory.

“She kept us in the game, as well; the first half, I think she came up with two pretty incredible saves,” Bullock said. “She stopped a breakaway and then there was another more athletic save that she made.”

Time of attack is one area Bullock said she would like to see her squad improve. As for Anderson, she’d like to see her team keep the offensive pressure up.

“We had a lot of scoring opportunities; we were just very unlucky [on Friday],” Anderson said. “Our forwards were dangerous.”

“We just need to practice accuracy, and I think if we keep taking shots, they’ll go in. One of them will go in,” said senior midfielder Caroline Thomson, a Rams captain.

But as both coaches said, it’s the beginning of the season, and the Rams believe they can use Friday’s tilt as fuel to get back to states.

“We can learn so much from this game, and we will learn so much from this game, so for us to come out of here with a good attitude, with a good outcome in our book, is going to help us going forward,” said Anderson, whose club is 2-0-1 overall.

“We have to have the urgency,” Thomson added.

As for the Titans, Peev is confident her team can compete again for a state championship.

“Yeah, definitely,” Peev said. “We just all have to work together, play as hard as we can.”

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