C.B. East girls fight their way into state semifinals

Shaun Kane, a four-year starter, says Central Bucks East "never gives up." DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Shaun Kane, a four-year starter, says Central Bucks East "never gives up." DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Posted: November 13, 2013

Paul Eisold can't quite put his finger on it.

The Central Bucks East girls' soccer coach knows that this team, especially the senior class, is special. As for what makes the Patriots tick? That question leaves Eisold mostly stumped.

"They just have a magical piece to them," Eisold said. "I don't know what it is, but it definitely is a magical piece that keeps them playing. Is it the will, the desire? I don't know what it is, but there is something about them."

Senior forward Shaun Kane, a four-year starter, remembers what it was like when the team won only three games in her freshman year.

During that first season, Kane and the other freshmen asked one another, "Is this what it is going to be like for the next four years?"

The answer: Each year, the Patriots (19-3-3) have improved. They will play in the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals against Neshaminy (23-0) on Tuesday at William Tennent High.

Eisold and Kane attribute some of the team's success to its resilient nature.

"We didn't beat [C.B.] West; we didn't win the conference," Kane said. "Every time we have not accomplished something we wanted to do, we came out the next game, played hard, and got the win. This team never gives up."

The Patriots have shut out opponents 17 times this season, giving up 12 total goals for the year, but some stretches have been difficult.

The fourth seed from District 1, C.B. East traveled a tough road to get to the state semifinals. The Patriots beat District 12 champion Archbishop Ryan, which had won 20 straight entering the game. Then they topped Boyertown (which had beaten East in the district playoffs) on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.

Kane acknowledged that it won't get any easier against undefeated Neshaminy.

However, the Patriots know what it's like to beat the Redskins, having done so in a preseason scrimmage. It may have been just the preseason, Kane said, but it gives her side some confidence.

"We are just going to go out there and play our hearts out and see what happens," she said.


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