Hershey States Bound

Emily Hegen

After a great 1-0 win in the playoffs against West Chester East High School on Tuesday November 13th, the Pennridge Girls’ Soccer Team advanced to Hershey PIAA Girls 4A State Championships against a hometown rival, Souderton Area High School. The girls left Pennridge High School around 10:00 AM on Saturday November 17th with cheers from parents and fans as they departed from campus. The girls fought hard, but endured an unfortunate loss in overtime with a final score of 1-0 Souderton.

With 30 minutes left in the first half the score was 0-0. Five shots were sent to the goal during the whole first half, none of which were able to make it despite having beautiful shots. Abby Groff, number 16, caption, had two shots to the goal that both, unfortunately, missed by inches. One was kicked out of bounds for a corner kick, which was the only corner for that half. Two injuries were reported during the game for Pennridge, both of which were in the first half. Number 24 for Pennridge, Maddie Anderson was shoved backwards, which caused her to have impact to the turf with her head, she came out of the game, but was able to go back in a short time later. Molly Groff tripped, hitting her shin, which caused her to limp off the field with the help from Brian, Pennridge’s trainer, and the assistant coach. Chance Hendricks, center midfielder, number 7, and Ashley Groeber, center midfield, number 14,  also had shots to goal but was not able to sneak it past Souderton’s goalie. Mary Kate Levush, goalie, number 00, had two breathtaking saves during the first half to keep the score 0-0.

To start the second half, Pennridge came out ready to fight even more than appeared in the first half. Leah Malone, number 28, had a shot to goal right out of the gates for Pennridge. Ashley was fouled to gain an indirect penalty kick shortly after the half started, but punted the ball over the top of the net. As a total for the half, Pennridge had six shots to goal and Souderton had a corner kick. Pennridge had possession of the ball for a majority of the game.

After regulation of 80 minutes the score was still 0-0. Pennridge and Souderton went into their first overtime. The game went onto sudden death. Once again, Pennridge came rushing out of the gates with a shot by Maddie Anderson, but missed high over the goal. Sadly with 11:38 left in the first overtime, Souderton scored their first goal and the only goal of the game to win against Pennridge. It was a well-played game by both teams.  Pennridge High School Women’s Soccer team placed runner up in the Hershey PIAA Girls 4A State Championships.

Congratulations to the 2018 women’s soccer team in making it to Hershey for the State Championships. All of Pennridge and the community is very proud of you! Great job on this season.  We are looking forward to next season. Best of luck to the seniors as they move onto college.