The main theme of the 33rd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was fun, but competitive play. Players were selected based on their play during the season and were able to kick around for one final time as high school players.
The girls game may have been the most competitive. Lehigh Valley Conference/Mountain Valley Conference Offensive MVP Amanda McCarthy of Emmaus scored two goals, one in each half, to lead the way for a 3-1 victory over the Colonial League All-Stars.
The Northwestern boys soccer team was looking for that important confidence-boosting victory heading into Colonial League play.
After tying Pocono Mountain East the day before, the Tigers broke through with two second-half goals by Jihad Hereba and Matt Strickland to edge East Pennsboro, 2-1, last Saturday at Salisbury High School.
Leading up to the opening of the season, Northwestern girls soccer coach Kelly Bleam stressed the aspect of team. The Tigers played like a team during the opening weekend of girls soccer play, defeating East Pennsboro 8-0 last Saturday afternoon at Salisbury High School.
It was the team's second game in two days. On Friday, Northwestern took down Pocono Mountain East 5-0.
The Tigers (2-0) put up 13 goals in the two games, but the bigger number may be the 0 that the defensive effort put forth.
The final year of men's soccer at DeSales University did not go as planned for Steve Krause. The 2009 Northwestern graduate had to deal with his first real injury that caused him to miss some time.
In his first three seasons, Krause never missed a game. In 2012, he played in 12 of DeSales'18 games.
His absence may have been a major factor in the Bulldogs finishing with a 9-6-3 mark and missing the conference playoffs.
Last Thursday afternoon's boys soccer game between Northwestern and Salisbury had the feel of a late-October playoff atmosphere in mid-September.
Hard tackles, teammates yelling directions, and the two teams jawing back and forth highlighted this up-and-down contest. Brandon Ettl curled in a free-kick 10 minutes into the second half, and the Tigers defense held firm in a 1-0 Colonial League Conference victory.