It has been a tough week for the Northwestern Lehigh boys soccer team.
A potential game-winning shot hit off the crossbar Tuesday afternoon against Saucon Valley. The Panthers took possession, got the ball immediately down the field and put away a shot at the other end for a 1-0 overtime win on their home field.
It was the second consecutive league loss and the third defeat in the last four games for Northwestern (4-3 overall, 2-2 Colonial League). Following three straight wins to open the season, the Tigers dropped contests to Wilson, Hamburg and the Panthers (4-2, 4-0).
In its regular season summer league finale last week, the Northwestern boys soccer team gave up a goal late in the game and ended up settling for a tie with Upper Perkiomen. Exactly one week later the same two teams met, but this time there was a different result.
Once again the Tigers scored first. This time they were able to hold onto their lead in taking down the Indians 3-0 last Monday evening in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League postseason tournament at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus.
Summer league soccer is about working in new players, schemes and just trying to get better overall for the upcoming fall season that is creeping up now just less than two months away.
The Northwestern boys soccer team needed a win. In the two games before the regular season summer league finale, the Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss to Freedom and a 2-2 tie with Emmaus.
Still with a top-two seed available from Group B, Northwestern was hoping to secure that, but also right the ship and gain some confidence and momentum heading into the postseason. Mission accomplished.
The 2018 softball season so far for the Northwestern Tigers has seen its ups and downs. The down has mostly been just one inning that tends to get away from them.
It happened again last Thursday.
With a tied game in the sixth inning, the Falcons scored five runs in the top-half of the inning, and then held on to take down the Tigers 8-3 in a Colonial League softball game at Northwestern High School.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
When the Parkland boys basketball team defeated its rival Emmaus 50-47, it had to come back from being down all game, including battling back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.
After the emotional, hard-fought victory, the Trojans had to get back on the court two days later to face another rival in Whitehall.
The Trojans fell to Whitehall 62-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contest in their final game before the holiday break.
It was almost expected.
Senior Noah Meyers led the Northwestern boys soccer team in goals with 20. And on Tuesday night at Upper Perkiomen High School, Meyers recorded numbers 21 and 22 in leading the Tigers (25-0 overall) to a 3-1 victory over District 12 one-seed Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.
Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nathan Hunsicker was glad that his team’s nonconference matchup against District 3’s Fleetwood High School out was rescheduled from the beginning of the regular season to the final week of the schedule.
He just might not have been as happy battling to the final whistle with the Tigers.
Northwestern scored two goals in the first half, and after giving one back in the second half, held on for a 2-1 victory Monday afternoon at Tiger Stadium in Fleetwood.
The Northern Valley legion baseball team finished off the regular season with a win over Southern Lehigh Sunday.
Trailing 4-3 and down to their final two outs, the Tigers rallied for two runs on a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the seventh inning, and held the Spartans scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to complete the comeback 5-4 victory last Sunday night against Southern Lehigh at Limeport Stadium in both teams’ Lehigh Valley Legion regular season finale.