It seems to happen often. Two teams play to a scoreless tie through regulation and just a few minutes into overtime, somebody finds that elusive goal and sends their team home happy. Such was the case Tuesday night when the Northwestern and Salisbury field hockey teams were scoreless through 60 minutes and then Sydney Derr broke the tie a little over three-and-a-half minutes into overtime, allowing the Tigers to celebrate a 1-0 win.
Northwestern coach Kelly Bleam admits that her girls had a difficult week, but she wasn’t ready to accept any excuses. When her team came out flat against Bangor, she used halftime to let her players know that she wasn’t at all happy with how they played in the first 40 minutes. That not-so-gentle encouragement woke the team up enough to turn a scoreless game into a 6-0 win over the Slaters in Colonial League play.
On their first two drives of Friday’s game against Wilson, Northwestern gained just 21 yards.
The good news is that was all they needed to score two touchdowns after opening the game with drives starting from the Warriors 10- and 11-yard lines, respectively.
The early field position battle helped Northwestern take a 31-14 win on their home field.
On their opening drive, Wilson (0-4) struggled to gain any ground and punted the ball away.
The officials that did the Northwestern and Bangor football game last Friday probably had to have their throwing arms checked following the game. They got quite a workout tossing yellow flags as the two teams were penalized a total of 23 times in the game for 215 yards. The refs threw more penalty flags than the two quarterbacks threw passes. In all, there were 22 passes, compared to the 23 flags.
The bottom line, though, was a 29-21 win for Northwestern that moved the Tigers to 4-1 at the halfway point of the season.
It’s easy to look at a team’s record and make some assumptions about it. When one looks at Palmerton’s 1-4 record, it’s easy to assume this would be an easy week for Northwestern when it visits the Blue Bombers Friday night.
Look deeper though and some interesting things about Palmerton can be revealed, mainly the quality of competition that its had to play through the early going.
The teams that have handed the Bombers their four losses this season – Palisades, Southern Lehigh, Saucon Valley and Notre Dame - are a combined 15-5 on the season.
The Northwestern Lehigh soccer team has a lot of goal-scoring weapons at its disposal. On Monday, though, it wasn’t one of the higher-profile players that scored the winning goal to beat Southern Lehigh 3-2 in overtime.
This time around, it was Jake Sacco, who is accustomed to coming off the bench to contribute but was on the field to start the overtime period for the Tigers.
Late in the first half, Southern Lehigh was awarded a penalty kick when one of its players was pulled down in the box.
Last week, the Wilson Warriors were looking to grab their first win of the season against Salisbury.
They were trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter when Salisbury’s Weston Schaffer picked off a pass and returned it 47 yards to give the Falcons some breathing room as they handed the Warriors their third straight loss in a 21-7 game.
Anyone who has watched high school football scores roll in the first couple weeks of the season knows just how potent the Palisades offense has been. The Pirates put up 49 points against Palmerton and then 61 against Wilson. It’s easy to say that the Northwestern defense is going to be the toughest Palisades has faced so far, which is where the challenge lies for the Tigers.
The heat from Sam Seyfried’s foot challenged the heat of the day Tuesday as the Northwestern boys soccer team opened up defense of its Colonial League and District 11 Championships with a 7-1 win over Salisbury.
Seyfried, a senior, scored four goals in the game to pace the Tigers.
For a while, it looked like Northwestern was just going to completely roll over Salisbury in week two of high school football. The Tigers scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead but then saw the Falcons toughen up. In the end, Northwestern took the bus ride home with a 28-14 win and a 2-0 start to the season.