Girls soccer starts 2-0
Leading up to the opening of the season, Northwestern girls soccer coach Kelly Bleam stressed the aspect of team. The Tigers played like a team during the opening weekend of girls soccer play, defeating East Pennsboro 8-0 last Saturday afternoon at Salisbury High School.
It was the team's second game in two days. On Friday, Northwestern took down Pocono Mountain East 5-0.
The Tigers (2-0) put up 13 goals in the two games, but the bigger number may be the 0 that the defensive effort put forth.
"We have a very solid defender back with us this season that was not with us last season in Trista Cunningham," said Bleam. "She really helps us solidify our back line. Our other defenders are returning defenders and that experience really helps us be a strong, sound defensive team. Everyone on the team plays defense when we don't have the ball. We're hoping to not give up many goals."
About five minutes into the game on Saturday, Angela Motolese found the head of Caitlin Harris on a corner kick for the first of six first-half Tiger goals.
Sarah Segan tallied three goals and Sabrina Mertz contributed two goals and two assists for the Northwestern.
Bleam highlighted the strength of her midfield as a key to the success of her team. After losing Sara Jones to graduation, who was a force in the midfield, there are more players willing to step up into the leadership role.
"Without a doubt we have those players this year," said Bleam. "Our junior midfielders, Angela Motolese and Sabrina Mertz are doing a wonderful job of organizing and leading our team from the center of the field. Trista [Cunningham] is a leader in the back of the field. A couple of sophomores have also impressed me this weekend. They've stepped up and played our forward roles so well. The leadership is coming from that midfield organization and the voice of the team is coming from them."
Northwestern begins Colonial League play at home to Saucon Valley on Tuesday.