The Northwestern girls basketball team came crawling out of its cage this season, losing both of its nonleague openers this season before beating Saucon Valley Monday night to gain its first win of the season.
The slow start wasn’t entirely surprising because of the fact that the team has a number of young players on its roster who are being asked to step into big roles for the team. Head coach Chris Deutsch admits there was some frustration through the first two games, but also realizes the effort is there and there is a lot to be encouraged about.
Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch isn’t the type to look to put a good spin on what he thinks of his team.
He’s always positive about his players, but when things aren’t quite where they need to be, he’s not going to look the other way and try to make it all look shiny and good.
Through a couple of scrimmages against tough teams like Easton, Nazareth, Pottsgrove and Wilson, Deutsch has seen some things that need to be fixed. And with the season opening up Friday night against Whitehall, there isn’t much time.
The Northwestern Lehigh boys basketball team had a lot of experience on last year’s squad that reached the state playoffs. The down side to that is that the Tigers graduated five players from that team.
The good news is that there is still a solid nucleus of experience for them to draw from since they still have six seniors on this year’s team that opens play Monday at Saucon Valley.
When Matt Shields looked around for colleges, he ultimately decided to stick fairly close to home and attend a school that had a good business management program and a good football team to be a part of. He found all that he was looking for when he committed to playing at Moravian after graduating from Northwestern Lehigh in 2016.
Now, his football career as a Greyhound is over after a season-ending loss to rival Muhlenberg this past Saturday and he’s closing in on graduation next spring.
The Northwestern Lehigh football season got underway with a disappointing loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond) on the road.
From there though, the Tigers got on a roll that carried them to a share of the Colonial League championship and deep into districts where only a pair of bad calls kept them from reaching the district championship.
Over the next five weeks, Northwestern ran through the schedule by beating its opponents by a combined score of 205-64 as the Tigers put themselves back into position to battle for a league championship.
From a senior who was named a first-team All-State player to a freshman goalkeeper who was thrown into the job unexpectedly, the Lady Tigers have gotten contributions from players with varying degrees of varsity experience. Saturday, they showed their versatility in a win over Allentown Central Catholic that made Northwestern District 11 champions.
For Northwestern Lehigh field hockey, it’s all been about adding steps to the success of the program. The team reached states last season, but lost in the first round.
This season the Tigers were looking for a win and a trip to the quarterfinals, but that step wound up being a stumble when Newport High School eliminated the Tigers in a 3-0 game at Emmaus High School Tuesday, finishing the Northwestern season at 17-5-1.
After nearly 170 minutes of scoreless soccer in two games, someone was going to need that one special play to break the invisible barrier on the front of the net and win the game. For Northwestern Lehigh, it came in the form of a bicycle kick delivered by Jeff Garcia. The goal, which made ESPN’s Top 10 Highlights, featured a key component that even the Northwestern coach wasn’t aware of until after the game.
When Northwestern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh meet in soccer, don’t figure on too many goals being scored. The two teams played to a scoreless tie in their regular season meeting and the District 11 final was no different.
The two teams played 80 minutes of scoreless soccer again, but this time there had to be a winner. In the ninth minute of overtime, Jeff Garcia used a spectacular bicycle kick to break the scoreless tie and send Northwestern to a 1-0 win and back into states for the fourth time in five seasons.
You can’t plan the heroics that Bailey Groff came up with. All she was trying to do was get the ball into position for one of her teammates to make a play, but she ended up scoring a goal.
Groff’s goal – and another by teammate Kylie Zentz – led Northwestern to a 2-0 win over Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 Class 2A girls soccer finals. It also sends Northwestern to the PIAA tournament.