For a young Northwestern team, the worst thing that can happen is to fall behind early to a good team.
That’s exactly what happened Friday night when an 81-yard return on the opening kickoff set up an early score for Saucon Valley.
On the next Tigers drive, a fumble gave the Panthers a short field, helping them to go up 14-0 just over four-minutes into the game. Saucon Valley (4-2) turned the fast start into a 49-21 win over Northwestern (2-4).
Goals from a freshman and a senior paced Northwestern to a 2-0 win over Notre Dame (Green Pond) on Monday, leaving the Tigers as the only undefeated boys soccer team in the Colonial League. Freshman Jeff Garcia and senior Noah Myers scored the goals for the Tigers to put them at 10-0 in the Colonial League and 14-0 overall this season.
By most standards, the Northwestern girls soccer team having a very successful season. The Tigers head into this week at 5-1-1 in the Colonial League and 10-1-1 overall, having already clinched a spot in districts.
That doesn’t mean that everything is going perfectly, as pointed out by a 2-1 loss to Salisbury last week on the Tigers’ home field.
It had been a long time, perhaps as long as 15 years, since the Falcons made the trip to New Tripoli and left with a win.
Northwestern’s offense came into week five averaging just over 175 yards per game of total offense, the lowest in the Colonial League. For the second week in a row though, the offense was productive, with Deven Bollinger crossing the 200-yard mark in passing for the second straight week.
That and a defense that seems to be finding its groove helped lead the Tigers (2-3) to a 43-14 win over Pen Argyl (0-5) on Homecoming Night at Tiger Stadium.
Northwestern has put together two strong games in a row after a dismal start to the season. The result is a chance to reach the .500-mark if they can get a win against a tough Saucon Valley team Friday night on the road.
The Tigers looked like their old selves last week against Pen Argyl, putting up 43 points and getting strong performances from both the offense and the defense. The victory came on the heels of a road win at Wilson the week before where they needed to pull the game out late to get a 29-26 win over the Warriors.
The bus ride home from Wilson Area High School must have been enjoyable for the Northwestern football team last Saturday. After a tough 0-3 start to the season, the Tigers traveled to Wilson and after a hard-fought game against the Warriors, returned home with a 29-26 win, allowing the team to breath a lot easier.
“I think everybody, from the players and the coaches, the parents, even the band felt a lot better after that game,” said coach Josh Snyder. “It really did ease things a little, because we needed that one.”
The Northwestern field hockey team knew that Salisbury would provide some difficult competition Saturday night, but the Tigers found out just how tough the Lady Falcons could be when they pushed the game to overtime before Northwestern left with a 2-1 win.
For the past couple weeks, Northwestern coach Josh Snyder has been coaching out of necessity rather than being able to run things the way he would like. Injuries and the loss of four other players had him handcuffed by a lack of depth and a remaining roster full of young players who were getting their first taste of varsity football.
Friday night was somewhat of a David versus Goliath issue for Northwestern. The Tigers took the long trip to Kintnersville to put their young group of players up against Palisades, which has looked like a Colonial League title contender through it’s first two games of the season. The outcome was a 46-0 loss for Northwestern, dropping the Tigers to 0-3 on the season.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately, that wase their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
The Pigs weren’t helped by what a video replay showed to be a bad call in game four of the series.