Redskins edge out Knights in close game


Prasham Jobanputra

Emily Varilla dribbles past the Redskins defense to score a goal.

TOWAMENCIN-  It was a hard-fought battle against the Redskins for the Knights as they had multiple chances to score but the Redskins thwarted all the opportunities, besides one, to come out with a win.

The North Penn Knights (2-3) lost 2-1 to the Neshaminy Redskins (3-2) in a Monday afternoon game at Snyder Road Field.

“They were definitely really physical and they are a strong team.  They knew what they wanted to do, they played us physical and had their game plan of trying to get the ball through to their girls up top and it worked for them today,” Head Coach Mike Rio said about the Redskins play.

Neshaminy’s freshman, Carly Fox put the first goal on the board for the Redskins at about the 10th minute mark in the first half.  The Redskins went up 1-0 but the Knights did answer back as Emily Varilla came through with a goal of her own off a pretty pass from Tia Sheehy.

“Emily has great speed so obviously getting the ball going forward, that’s always a positive advantage we have and she had obviously that first goal and she even had a couple other chances that just didn’t fall our way,” Coach Rio said.

It only took one more goal in the second half to get the win and it came from the Neshaminy side.   Fox found her senior captain, Gina Sexton for goal in the second half to put the Redskins up 2-1 and their defense hung on to that lead for the win.

The Knights will have to shake this one off quick as they play tomorrow at Central Bucks East for a date with the Patriots.

“Just gotta get back out there.  We’ve had four games back-to-back-to-back-to-back pretty much with the weekend in between, so tomorrow is the fourth one and just gotta get back out there and get the win tomorrow, play strong.  Hopefully start off kinda the way we ended this game, with that same intensity and kinda play the full 80 minutes hopefully,” Coach Rio said.