Harris wins 300th at Souderton

By Don Beideman

Typical of Souderton field hockey coach Mary Ann Harris, she told only a few people that she was approaching her 300th career win with the Indians.

“I didn’t say anything. I did tell [ex-North Penn coach] Joan Moser, but I didn’t tell the coaches,” said Harris.

Harris was at a national coaches convention a few years ago when she was honored for 200 wins.

“I remember reaching 290 last year,” she said.

The milestone came Oct. 12 in a 2-0 win over Central Bucks South. But more important to Harris than wins has been the students she has turned on to the game of field hockey.

“It’s great to see them then go on and play at the college level,” said Harris, who was a standout at both North Penn and Temple.

In 18 seasons at Souderton, Harris has sent about 50 girls to play at college. In that time, she has compiled a 302-107-26 record and won nine conference championships and four District 1 championships.

The Indians have been in the middle of a tight Suburban One League Continental Conference race this season. They were 8-3-2 in the conference going into their last regular season game yesterday vs. Quakertown. Central Bucks South (9-3-1) needed a win or tie in its finale yesterday against Central Bucks East (9-4) to repeat as conference champion.

“We weren’t as consistent as I would have liked,” Harris said in summing up her team’s play this season. “It was a good race, and there were some upsets.”

Pennridge, a team that Souderton beat, 5-0, the first time around, tied the Indians, 1-1, this week in their second meeting.