Souderton and North Penn broke out the Under Armour and hoodies for hopefully the last time this spring season as the Knights traveled to Souderton for a Suburban One Continental Conference matchup. The Indians (7-5, 3-4) continued improving as they seem to do on almost a game-to-game basis as they knocked off the visiting Knights (2-8, 1-6) 9-6.
Souderton got after the Knights quickly as the Indians out scored North Penn 6-1 in the first half. Souderton not only out scored North Penn, but out shot the Knights 15-8 and picked up more ground balls, 13-8.
"I think the biggest difference was Souderton put together four quarters of lacrosse, we put together two,' North Penn coach Rick Smith said.
The main reason for Souderton's big first half was due to the play of Cameron Trick. Trick scored four of the Indians' six first-half goals and finished with a game-high five on the night. Of Trick's four first-half goals, only two were at even strength as he netted one goal man up and another man down, as special teams was another big reason for Souderton winning the game
"Our man down has been real solid all year, again they had a great showing,' Souderton coach Mark Princehorn said. "Those little things in the game are something that you have to take advantage of and luckily we were able to do that tonight.'
"The kid's a stud, all around stud,' Princehorn said of Trick. "Whether it's getting groundballs, riding defenders, scoring goals, creating opportunities for us offensively, the kid is a player.'
North Penn mounted a comeback bid in the second half, but inconsistencies in its offense never allowed it to get within more than an arm's length of the Indians. North Penn's offense ran through attacker Luke Homan, who scored a pair of goals on the night.
"Their goalie did an outstanding job tonight,' Smith said. "I think the biggest difference is our inability to break a man down. If we can't break a man down and get by a man you're not going to draw a slide, and if you can't draw a slide, the defense can just set nice and tight and let their goalie make these amazing saves.'
With the win, Souderton continues its slow dig out of the bottom of the Continental Conference and still has plenty of big games left to prove it is a team to be reckoned with.
"CB South shut us up so we had to get back on track, go back to the drawing board' Princehorn said. "That's kind of the way a lot of the season has been where it's win one, lose one, win one, lose one and we're just finally ready to have everything be more consistent in all phases of the game and I think tonight was getting us back on the right track.'