Northwestern’s opponents tend to focus on striker JD Haaf, and for good reason.
In leading the Tigers to Colonial League and District 11 Class AA titles, the senior amassed a single-season best 43 goals, putting him less than a handful away from setting the school’s career scoring record.
But in the first round of the PIAA Boys’ Soccer Championships, Northwestern showed District 1 champion Pottsgrove that Haaf’s not the only one other teams need to be concerned about.
In Thursday night’s Colonial League championship game between Northwestern and Southern Lehigh, both teams played with the intensity and skill seen from programs that have been in such a situation before.
The fourth-seeded Lady Tigers were, after all, going for their third straight league title and coming off a District 11 crown and an appearance in the state semifinals.
Though a perennial contender and a mainstay in the playoffs, the No. 3 seeded Spartans were seeking their first league championship since the spring of 2011.
Over the last two weeks Northwestern’s Harry Hall added two more chapter in what has been a storybook career.
In a gritty, come-from-behind win over Salisbury two weeks ago, Hall once again had all the right moves. The senior rushed for 191 yards on 32 carries and two critical scores in the 30-21 victory.