Northwestern put together a tough challenge for the undefeated Parkland girls soccer team Monday night, but in the end, the Trojan’s depth became a big factor in the game as they took a 3-0 win over the Tigers.
Throughout much of the first half, Parkland (14-0-0 EPC, 16-0-0 overall) controlled play and fired some tough shots at goal keeper McKenna Amey, who was up to the challenge of having to dive for many of the saves that she made throughout the half.
In many ways, Bangor and Northwestern are very similar teams at this point in the season. Both are at 2-4, but both have also shown that they can make some big plays and have some talent to work with. The Tigers are coming off of a 42-19 loss to Saucon Valley, while the Slaters were pounded by Southern Lehigh in a 37-6 loss in week six of the season.
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.