Northwestern has been atop the Colonial League boys’ soccer landscape for the past two years, winning the league titles in 2015 and 2016.
On Thursday, the Tigers will look to complete the coveted three-peat when they face Notre Dame (Green Pond) in the Colonial League championship game. Top-seeded Northwestern (19-0) disposed of No. 4 Saucon Valley (10-5-3) in Tuesday’s semifinal game, 4-0, at Northern Lehigh High School.
Northwestern’s district playoff hopes were still somewhat alive when the Lady Tigers took the court against Catasauqua earlier this week. But the number of games this squad has together, particularly the tight-knit group of five seniors, is dwindling down.
Tuesday was the perfect memento for that group of seniors and the special season it has had thus far.
Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nate Hunsicker doesn’t have much to complain about with this year’s squad. And after a bit of a slow start during last week’s game against Salisbury, much of the same could have been said the way the Tigers closed out the game.
After a scoreless first half between the two sides, Hunsicker and the Tigers tweaked a few things on Salisbury’s home turf. It resulted in three second-half goals, and Northwestern (12-0 overall, 7-0 in Colonial League) stayed unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 shutout over the Falcons (3-8, 2-4) last Wednesday.
Northwestern football head coach Josh Snyder called last Saturday’s game at Wilson the start of a new season. Not because it was the Tigers’ first game of 2017, but it’s the first time the squad has been near full strength for quite some time.
The Tigers welcomed back a number of players after early-season suspensions and injuries left the roster somewhat depleted.
Down five points in the fourth quarter, Northwestern took the lead with seven minutes to play, and then held off Wilson for a 29-26 win. It was the Tigers’ first win of the season.
Most high school runners only visit DeSales’ hilly course once a year, when the local area teams meet up for the annual DeSales Centaur Invitational. Northwestern’s Madelyn Consuelos is a bit more familiar with the course than most, and it showed on Saturday afternoon.
Consuelos, now entering her junior season for the Lady Tigers’ cross country team, was impressive over the weekend. She placed fourth in the 39th Annual DeSales Centaur Invitational, clocking a time of 20:46.94.
Tuesday undoubtedly would be the biggest test of the young season for the Northwestern volleyball team as it hit the road against Southern Lehigh.
The scoreboard may not have reflected a win for the Lady Tigers, but head coach Lexi Ashburne is aware that her team can compete with the area’s best.
Southern Lehigh used an 11-0 spurt to put away the first set en route to its 3-0 win over Northwestern. While the Lady Tigers (3-2) competed and hung with the Spartans late in the second set, Southern Lehigh (3-2) earned the victory in straight sets—25-10, 25-16, 25-14.
Out of the 24 teams playing the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League across both groups, Northwestern was one of the final two teams standing. And if not for a penalty-kick goal, the Tigers, known as New Triploli Bank FC in the summer league, might have been the squad that ended July hoisting the trophy.
Instead, Hornets Gold (Emmaus) defeated New Tripoli Bank on Wednesday, July 26, for the LVSSL championship. A penalty kick was the deciding factor for the Tigers, who lost just two games all summer.
Having a player you can plug into multiple spots in a lineup is a blessing most coaches aren’t fortunate enough to have. Northwestern incoming senior Abby Chisdak might be the prototypical athlete for that role.
During last school year, Chisdak’s coaches utilized her in a number of different positions. Soccer head coach Kelly Bleam shifted her between defense and the midfield/forward area. Chris Deutsch, the basketball head coach, was able to use her as a guard or forward depending on matchups.
The Northwestern boys’ basketball team won its opening game of the SportsFest A-Town Throwdown tournament last week. And the team was on its way to a second win on Saturday, a victory that would have at least kept the Tigers’ hopes of a Sunday berth alive.
Instead, it was their kryptonite that not only cost the Tigers Saturday’s game against Morris Hills, but also ended any shot of an appearance on the final day.
Northwestern, which led 16-14 against Morris Hills in the first half, saw that lead shrink to a 24-16 deficit minutes later.
The goal for most teams is to make it to Sunday of the annual SportsFest A-Town Throwdown basketball tournament. More games means more of an opportunity for coaches to evaluate their team’s positive and negatives throughout the summer.
Head coach Chris Deutsch and the Northwestern girls hoops team didn’t get off on the best foot when it opened play on Thursday. However, it ended with an impressive showing from the Lady Tigers.