"These are the games you are nervous all day for," Rams goalie Amanda O'Hara said of the Suburban One Continental showdown.
Entering the much-anticipated matchup, both squads had identical overall and league records, even tying the same opponent, Central Bucks West.
"We expected this. What can you say?" said Audrey Anderson, coach of Pennridge (7-0-2 overall, 4-0-2 conference). "They are just so strong everywhere on the field."
Another similarity between the rivals was their unsuccessful attempts to move the ball in the final third, as both sides were a few passes from developing solid offensive chances.
"I thought we would find the back of the net today. I really did," East coach Paul Eisold said.
The teams, though, differed in the aspects of the game in which they were successful. The Patriots (7-0-2, 4-0-2) held most of the possession, especially in regular time, and the Rams had a higher quality of scoring opportunities.
"I'll give it to Pennridge's defense," East senior midfielder Nicole Panella said. "They were really tight in the back. It was hard to find the seams and slip the ball through to our forwards."
For O'Hara and Anderson, the standout in the back was without question.
"Julia Rufe played such a good game," O'Hara said of the Pennridge defender, and Anderson called the senior "intense and driven."
Walking off the field, both sides seemed exhausted and dissatisfied. No doubt they were thinking the same thing: Their next matchup is scheduled for Oct. 14.
Pennridge 0 0 0 0 – 0
Central Bucks East 0 0 0 0 – 0
Saves: P-Amanda O'Hara 8; CBE-Paige Marcinkowski 7.