Segan, Tigers top Slaters in CL semi
The Northwestern Lehigh girls soccer team finished the regular season as the conference's premier team.
It's hard to argue against that statement by looking at the Tigers' performance on Tuesday night as the Colonial League tournament got under way.
Sarah Segan scored four goals and added two assists, and the No. 1 seeded Tigers routed No. 4 seed Bangor in the Colonial League semifinals, 8-2, at Salisbury High School.
"I'm trying to make runs," Segan said. "My teammates are making great balls. We're really playing as a team, and that's all we can ask for."
"She [Segan] played an amazing game," head coach Kelly Bleam said. "She has the ability to at times take over a game. But on our team, there is a lot of talent. It has been a goal of our team, and of Sarah's, to become part of that team dynamic-assisting goals, creating them, as well as finishing them when it's her job to finish them. Her demonstration tonight with the assists, as well as the goals, really shows that.
"Our whole team really does a wonderful job of creating scoring chances. Those chances come off so many build-up passes and so much creativity."
The victory advances the Tigers into a position they know all too well. Quiet frankly, it's a memory they'd probably like to forget.
Similar to when the Tigers met Saucon Valley in last year's league title game and lost 1-0, Northwestern will once again take on the Panthers with the conference championship at stake. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Salisbury High School.
"We're really looking forward to playing Saucon on Thursday," Segan said. "We're looking for redemption, and we really want to beat them."
"Saucon is a very talented team," Bleam said. "When we put our Tigers on the field, and [there's] one talented team with another talented team, good soccer happens."
Bangor's Danielle King connected on a penalty kick early in the second half to cut the Tigers' deficit to 3-2 after a Northwestern handball in the penalty box.
The Tigers, however, went on to score the final five goals to halt any thoughts of an upset.
Megan Landrigan scored to make it 4-2, and Segan added a goal 2:06 later that put the Tigers ahead 5-2 with 28:41 to play. Segan then found McKenzi Divers for a goal with 23:40 remaining, Segan scored her fourth goal 1:33 later. Angela Motolese added one more for good measure in the final minutes.
"They're willingness to keep up the intensity, and the speed of their play tonight was impressive to me," Bleam said. "I thought that entire soccer game was high-paced intense soccer."
Segan had a hand in all three of the team's first half goals, and the Tigers took a 3-1 lead going into the break.
Motolese first found Segan in front of the Slaters' goal, and Segan connected into the right corner of the net with roughly nine minutes played. After a Slater goal, Segan then found Sabrina Mertz open up top less than a minute later.
Mertz settled the ball with her foot and fired a strike into the upper right corner. Segan added another goal before half off an assist from Jennifer Hallingstad.
"You really want to set a good pace," Segan said. "The fact that we were able to go out from the start and play hard is great."