Quakertown High School Girl's Soccer team captured Suburban One League American Conference title last week, using a seven game unbeaten run at the end of the season to top Upper Dublin and Methacton.After suffering what would be their only league loss of the season, the Panthers started their run with a 2-1 victory over Upper Moreland. Kayla Joseph tallied the late game winner after Upper Moreland had tied the game on their only shot on goal of the game. Quakertown had taken the first half lead on a goal by Alicia Beer.
Next up was a non-league match-up with District XI power Parkland. The game ended 0-0 and was called in the 59th minute due to lightning. The following day Quakertown returned home and registered a resounding 4-0 victory over Cheltenham. Joseph had a big game, registering two goals and an assist in the first 15 minutes. Kara Ross and Britney Kramer tallied the other Quakertown goals.
The final four matches of the year would all go down to the wire. Against Springfield, Kyra Ames gave the Panthers an early lead, heading in a Rachel Dolly corner kick, but Springfield knotted the game with a corner kick goal of their own. The second half produced no goals, sending the game into overtime. In the fifth minute of overtime, Ali Benner won a ball in a goalmouth scramble and sent it to Jennica Stiglich, who tallied her second overtime goal of the year for a 2-1 win. The following Monday, Kelsey Marvill's header on a long ball from Rachel Dolly proved to be the game's only goal as Quakertown picked up a 1-0 win over Plymouth- Whitemarsh, the team's 10th shutout of the year.
This meant that the final two games of the season would decide the division title. First up was Methacton, the reigning American Conference champions. On an emotional senior night, the two teams ended regulation knotted at 1-1. Stiglich registered the Quakertown goal, assisted by Joseph. In overtime, Joseph's cross from the left found Ali Benner open in the goal mouth, and her perfect finish game the Panthers a 2-1 lead, setting up a showdown with Upper Dublin on Thursday.
Quakertown entered the game with a 13-1-1 league mark, while Upper Dublin was 12-2-0. In the early stages of the game, Upper Dublin carried much of the attack, forcing Quakertown goalkeeper Karee Schad into a number of fine saves. In the final minute of the first half, Kaylena Crompton's left-footed shot curled into the upper corner to give Quakertown a vital lead. Still fatigued from the Methacton game, Quakertown desperately hung on throughout the second half, but with eight minutes remaining, an Upper Dublin shot was deflected in front, beating goalkeeper Schad to knot the game. The Panther defense, which only conceded 15 goals in their 19 games, held steady for the remainder of regulation and overtime to give Quakertown and tie and clinch the title. The championship was the sixth in the programs 21 year history and the first since 2000.
As a result of their top finish, the Panthers have been seeded eighth in the upcoming District I Girls Soccer playoffs.