After opening the season with two nonconference wins, both Northwestern Lehigh and Salisbury came into Tuesday night’s girls soccer matchup with undefeated records.
The game played out with almost a playoff atmosphere as momentum shifted back-and-forth. In the end, Northwestern overcame a controversial no-call play that would have given the Tigers a penalty kick and turned in a 2-1 win over the Falcons.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tiger football team doesn’t take any team for granted.
Facing an 0-2 Palisades team that lost tits opening week game to Palmerton by a lopsided 47-6 score doesn’t give Tiger head coach Josh Snyder any reason to let his team come in thinking this week is an automatic win. Snyder stressed to his team this week that the Pirates can be an obstacle if they don’t prepare for them as hard as they prepared in the first two weeks of the season.
All Northwestern Lehigh girls soccer head coach Kelly Bleam has to do is replace over sixty goals that lost from the graduation of Sara Hathaway and Maggie Motolese. And replace pretty much her entire defense. If that happens, the Lady Tigers, who finished 12-4 last season, will be fine. No problem, right?
Actually, the process is going pretty well and both the coach and the players are optimistic about the upcoming season.
Northwestern Lehigh’s project to install artificial turf in Tiger Stadium is nearing completion and the team can’t wait to check it out. Their practices have been on grass as the work continues and they open the season on the road at Notre Dame (Green Pond) before hitting the turf at home for week two.
Meanwhile, the team’s attention at practice has been focused on looking to go even further than last season when the Tigers reached the District 11 semifinals, losing to Saucon Valley.
The Northwestern Lehigh field hockey team took some teams by surprise last season. The Tigers went 11-10-1 and then went on a big run and reached the district finals where they lost 2-0 to Lehighton.
This season, the Lady Tigers haven’t lost too much through graduation. Like every team, there are always a couple holes and question marks.
A large group of juniors is poised to not only continue the success that the team had last season, but they’re looking to take it beyond just reaching the district championship game.
After reaching the PIAA finals in both 2016 and 2017 and the semifinals the year before that, the Northwestern boys soccer team finished 19-2-1 last season, but failed to go to states after a loss in the District 11 championship game.
Once again, they Tigers have reloaded and have a team with returning starters that mix with young players to give them quite an arsenal.
Head coach Nate Hunsicker, who will lead his team on a home field that now features a new turf surface, is excited about the possibilities that the 2019 version of the roster gives him for the season.
The 2019 season didn’t get off to a good start for the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers when Notre Dame’s Christian Greggo took the opening kick-off and cut through a sea of white jerseys, winding up in the end zone 90 yards later to give the Crusaders an early lead.
Notre Dame rode the quick start to a 42-35 opening-week win. Northwestern needed a late-game rally to keep it close, as the Tigers attempted to overcome six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions) against one of the better teams in the Colonial League.
Derek Holmes has had a lot of successes over the past couple years at Northwestern Lehigh.
He’s played in states in both basketball and baseball, reaching the state semifinals with the Northwestern baseball team in 2018. In football, the 2018 team reached the semifinals of the District 11 playoffs and the finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs the previous season.
For his accomplishments, Holmes has been named this year’s Northwestern Press Male Athlete of the Year.
For three games in a row, the Northern Valley Chargers had their backs against the wall. A loss to undefeated South Parkland on Friday forced them to play the rest of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs one loss away from being eliminated.
The situation didn’t faze the Chargers. They played some of their best baseball of the season after that second-round loss in the double-elimination LVL playoff tournament.
Northern Valley won three straight games to get another shot at South Parkland in the tournament finals.
Like every other Lehigh Valley Legion team, the Northern Valley Chargers were bitten by players missing games for one reason or another.
Chargers head coach Brad Rauch stressed to his players how important it was to honor their commitment to the team, but it’s summertime and families have vacations and there’s a lot going on. Nobody knows that better than Rauch, who found himself with his family in Lake Seneca, NY as his team won two games on Sunday and then faced the potential of two games against South Parkland early this week for the LVL championship.