TOWAMENCIN >> Again Central Bucks West raced to an early lead, but this time no steam came out of their strides.
“Last game (in a 16-11 win over Pennridge), we had trouble closing out, and we all got comfortable with the score, but I don’t think we did that today. I think we kept pushing,” said Finley Ueland of the undefeated Bucks. “We kept racking ‘em in and really showed up to play.
“We were talking about how we have to ‘talk the talk and walk the walk,’” Ueland said. “We were talking about all the stuff we were gonna do, and we had to make sure we did it. And I think we did that today and I’m really happy about that.”
West never wavered on a chilly, blustery day on the turf at North Penn, racing away to a 13-2 victory in a Suburban One League National Conference matchup.
Ueland led the West attack with four goals, Bryn Boylan and Liv Fitzgerald each had three and goalie Lauren Devlin made several nice saves to keep the game a shutout for over 34 minutes.
By then, the Bucks’ herd of offensive weapons had combined their efforts for an 11-0 lead.
“We have a lot of threats,” said Ueland, who scored back-to-back goals to push West’s edge to 3-0 in the opening moments. “Every single one of us can take it in at any time and we know that, and I think that’s a big concern for other teams because we all work together so well.”
Ueland found an open Maddie Maio cutting to the net, putting the ball right in her pocket to set up another score and stretch the margin to 4-0.
Finley also assisted Fitzgerald, and then Dani Dundas found her teammates for two more tallies, making it a 7-0 lead at the break for 7-0 West (2-0 conference).
“I love the way we’re playing right now,” Ueland said.
Two quick goals by Boylan assured that West’s control of the contest would continue into the second half.
It was tough to get anything past Devlin but Brianna O’Donnell notched two goals for the Knights (3-5, 1-2 conference), slicing the gap to 11-2 before the Bucks closed out the scoring.
“They’re a good team across the board,” Knights coach Heather Mellow said of West. “They have strong shooters, they have fast midfield, they played solid defense on us and stayed in front of the cut. They have a nice team this year.
“We’re not quite halfway through the season so hopefully things will pick up. It’s about playing a whole game, not making errors, playing smart. We have 10 games left so there’s a good portion of our season remaining to turn things around.”
North Penn is back in action Thursday, at home against Upper Moreland, and West hits the road Friday, traveling to Abington.
Top Photo: Central Bucks West’s Casey Reichwein drives past North Penn’s Kaitlyn Phifer looking for a shot during their game on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Bob Raines/Digital First Media)
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