Returning all of its starters from last year, as well as welcoming back forward Luke Hallman after missing half of last year with a torn ACL, the expectations are high for head coach Billy Hallman’s Tigers. He believes this is his deepest team yet.
In Northwestern’s season opening victory, that was evident early an often against Saucon Valley. The Tigers led 15-10 after the first quarter, grew that to double digits in the second and held on for a 64-52 victory on Tuesday night at Northwestern High School.
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Northwestern outshot Saucon Valley 12-1. The Tigers also held a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. And the top-seeded, three-time defending district champion Tigers dominated time of possession the entire second half.
But when all was said and done, the only stat that mattered was the 1-0 final score in favor of Saucon Valley.
The Northwestern field hockey may not have the easiest road remaining to qualify for one of the four Colonial League playoff spots. But at least the roadblock isn’t up quite yet.
Northwestern (7-6-1 in Colonial League) defeated Salisbury on Saturday afternoon, 4-1, in a league matchup delayed from earlier in the week. The Tigers faced a 1-0 deficit with just six minutes into last Tuesday’s contest, but scored four goals when the game resumed on Saturday afternoon to snap a two-game losing skid in league play and keep those league playoff aspirations alive.
The past two weeks have been rough for the Northwestern volleyball team. Head coach Lexi Ashburne lost two of her senior starters in the past 14 days, and it’s had a clear impact on the Tigers on the court.
Tuesday’s match against one of the Colonial League’s top teams was the first time Northwestern suited up without both of those starters. And their voids were felt against Notre Dame (Green Pond).
Notre Dame’s serving game was on point, and the Crusaders defeated Northwestern in straight sets (25-13, 25-5, 25-7) on Tuesday night at the Tigers’ home gymnasium.
Northwestern head coach Kelly Bleam made a few defensive adjustments late in the first half of Tuesday’s match against Salisbury. It very well might have kept the Tigers unbeaten on the young season and got Northwestern off to a solid start in league play.
Senior forward Sara Hathaway played an important role in the win. Hathaway notched her second hat trick in as many games, scoring three goals as Northwestern (2-0 overall, 1-0 in Colonial League) downed Salisbury, 4-2.
The irony is a bit chilling. Perhaps unsettling and alarming even.
On a Sunday back in 1988, Ted Brennan’s father suffered a heart attack in church when he was 51 years old. He didn’t survive.
Nearly 30 years later to the day, and at the same age as his father, Ted suffered one as well.
The Limeport Bulls kept getting knocked down. But they always found a way to get back up.
After facing a 1-0 deficit to top seeded Northampton in the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Bulls fought back to even things up. The Giants took Game 3, and Northampton led for much of the next game, which would have clinched a title for the Giants.
Heading up to the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Northampton Giants had coasted throughout the playoffs. The Giants took Game 1 of the finals against the Limeport Bulls last week to continue that hot streak.
And while Game 2 wouldn’t decide the series, Limeport took it as a must-win situation. Then, the Bulls did what no other team could do in the postseason thus far: they beat the Giants.
Postseason play has become a norm for both the Northwestern girls soccer and basketball teams over the past few years. Last season was no different, with both qualifying for the league and district playoffs, and the Lady Tigers’ soccer team earning a spot in the state tournament.
Right at the center of both teams was senior leader Abby Chisdak. She played vital roles in both team’s success in the fall and winter seasons to continue the Lady Tigers’ rich tradition of playoff contention. For her efforts, Chisdak was named the Northwestern Press Female Athlete of the Year.