Knights finish regular season with win


Prasham Jobanputra

Junior Carter Houlihan looks in at fellow junior, Ryan Stewart, who tries to pass the ball.

TOWAMENCIN- Not even 24 hours after the team won their third straight conference championship, the boys soccer team continued their winning ways.

The Knights (17-1) beat the Upper Dublin Cardinals (6-10-1) 4-1 as the Knights will be gearing up for playoffs now.

Early on, both teams battled hard for possession of the ball in the mid field until eventually, North Penn got the ball into the Cardinals’ penalty box and senior Luke McMahon poked the ball in for a goal (15’).  About two minutes later, McMahon came through with another goal (17’), off an assist from junior Carter Houlihan, and the knights went up 2-0.

“We were finding passes early, we were working it from side to side, and I was able to find some gaps and get in behind and put in a few quick ones in early,” McMahon said.

The game went into the second half and after Jack Thompson of Upper Dublin scored (50’), the lead was cut in half.  The Knights however, put their foot back on the gas pedal, as senior Jared Huzar found a field with no one in front of him besides the goal keeper.  Huzar would kick the ball in for a goal, assisted by junior Mike Chaffee.  The game was back to a two-goal difference at 3-1.

With the starters out, the substitutes stepped in and did their job, playing tough defense and dominating possession time.  Near the end of the game, junior Jack Durkin kicked the ball from past mid field, and the ball rolled into the net after it went past Upper Dublin’s goalkeeper for a very long goal (76’).

The Knights wrapped up their incredible regular season and will be hoping to make a deep run into the playoffs.

“Last year, we lost in the second round (of playoffs) and for this group of players, I don’t ever want that to happen again, and we want to get to the semifinals and then if you get to the semifinals of districts you are guaranteed a state playoff spot so that’s our goal,” Head Coach Paul Duddy said.

The Knights will receive a first round BYE and will be waiting to see who their opponent will be for a matchup on Thursday.