Knights handed first loss of the season against Bucks


Prasham Jobanputra

Senior Christian Snyder throws the ball in for the Knights in the first half.

TOWAMENCIN- It was a great game on the turf field, but it saw the end of the Knights’ undefeated season after a two-goal lead was erased in the second half and the game went into overtime.

The CB West Bucks (12-2) beat the North Penn Knights (14-1) 4-3 in overtime.  This hands the Knights their first loss of the season.  It started off well for the North Penn when sophomore Josh Jones scored (5’) on a corner kick from junior Ryan Stewart.  Stewart then created another goal after he stole the ball near midfield.  He then put a perfect pass through the legs of a CB West defender that hit junior Mike Chaffee in perfect stride.  Chaffee was able to finish (29’) and put the Knights up 2-0.  The score would stay the same for the rest of the first half.

The Bucks came into the second half aggressive and capitalized early as Bailey Moyer scored (41’) six seconds into the half.  Junior Carter Houlihan answered back (55′) with a goal of his own and the Knights had a 3-1 lead.  Then, the Bucks took over and could not be stopped.  Jack Galt poked the ball over North Penn’s goalie Brett Schwengels (60’).  This was followed by another goal by Moyer that tied the game at three to complete the comeback.

“They just started to press us higher up the field, I mean they were just kicking balls in, we were making stupid fouls and giving them chances, and they took the most of the chances that we gave them,” senior Luke McMahon said.

The game went into overtime and both teams knew they would have to come out more aggressive than the other team as both attacks were clicking.  Unfortunately for the Knights however, Colin Burn scored and ended the game, along with the Knights undefeated season.

“West deserves a lot of credit, they played well and they just came back in the second half and that early goal in the second half just changed the whole makeup of the game, but our goal now will be to continue and try to win out the league, hopefully get a good seed for districts and go from there,” Head Coach Paul Duddy said.

McMahon also gave his thoughts on the first one in the loss column.

“We had four goals coming into the season, one of them was being undefeated but the other three are still there, we can still win the league, we can still win districts, and we can still win states, so we’re gonna hold our heads high and gonna find out what we did wrong and correct them,” McMahon said.

We’ll see what the Knights are made of on Tuesday the 16th, where they will be up against the CB South Titans at home.