When Souderton scored the first three goals of Tuesday's non-league game against La Salle it looked as if the Indians were would handle the Explorers in their home pool.
The three-goal spurt would prove to be just the first of several scoring runs. In the end it would be Indians who would find enough scoring power to edge the Explorers 9-8.
"I told the guys on the bench after the [first] quarter, we're getting good looks, they're going to start to fall,' La Salle coach Steve Duncheskie said.
After Souderton's three-goal run to open the game, it would be all Explorers in the second quarter as they scored five unanswered in the frame to take a 5-3 lead into half. The scoring burst by La Salle could have been anticipated even though it was blanked in the first quarter, it out-shot Souderton.
"We did get out to a great early lead, we were playing great defense,' Souderton coach Joe Hay said. "Kevin Mustrait played a great game defensively for us, really came through on the defensive side of the ball. I thought that was the difference in the game.'
The Indians owned the third quarter, again shutting out the Explorers in the quarter reclaiming the lead 7-5. Daniel Trout, Jordan Hay and Brendon Loux lead Souderton offensively, Hay and Trout each had three goals apiece while Loux had two if his own.
"That's what they do every week,' Hay said. "Jordan Hay has been our leading scorer, Danny Trout has been our leading assist man and Brendon Loux just fills in where ever.'
The Explorers are a team that likes to use its speed and its transition game, however the Indians never allowed them to really get it going with tenacious defense and very good team speed of its own.
"We've got to get better at counter attacking,' Duncheskie said. "Souderton did neutralize us on the counter attack. I think we had one guy that was really counter attacking.'
"We are loaded with great swimmers,' Hay said. "We have no problem swimming with anybody.'
La Salle had difficulty recovering from its tough third quarter as the Souderton defense tightened up and would not let the Explorers climb back into the game despite the best efforts of Vince Everman, Luke Chadwick and Nick Stachel who led the La Salle charge.
"Vince and Luke are going to play big all year,' Duncheskie said. "Nick, at certain periods of the game can be dominating, we need him to be dominating the whole entire game. Nick is going to develop into a very dominating player.'
Even though it came out on the losing end, facing the talented Souderton team should prove valuable for a young and developing La Salle team.
"The third quarter we really had one tough quarter [that] really doomed us,' Duncheskie said. "We lost a little bit of focus, we lost a little bit of what we're supposed to do on offense. As young team, this is something that we've got to overcome quick[ly].'
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