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).
On a night that opened with the celebration of the 1995 District 11 championship team and a tribute to the late Brett Snyder, the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers christened the new turf field at Tiger Stadium with a 38-17 win over Colonial League foe Salisbury.
Deven Bollinger and Justin Rodda played a game of catch, connecting for four touchdowns and 75 yards receiving for Rodda. Bollinger finished the night with five touchdown passes and 163 yards passing in the win.
After opening the season with two nonconference wins, both Northwestern Lehigh and Salisbury came into Tuesday night’s girls soccer matchup with undefeated records.
The game played out with almost a playoff atmosphere as momentum shifted back-and-forth. In the end, Northwestern overcame a controversial no-call play that would have given the Tigers a penalty kick and turned in a 2-1 win over the Falcons.
The Northwestern Lehigh Tiger football team doesn’t take any team for granted.
Facing an 0-2 Palisades team that lost tits opening week game to Palmerton by a lopsided 47-6 score doesn’t give Tiger head coach Josh Snyder any reason to let his team come in thinking this week is an automatic win. Snyder stressed to his team this week that the Pirates can be an obstacle if they don’t prepare for them as hard as they prepared in the first two weeks of the season.
Game day for Northwestern football is going to be different this week — in more ways than one.
The first change is when the game will be played. Instead of the normal Friday night kickoff, the Tigers will host Salisbury on Thursday night.
The second change is to the field. Thursday’s game will be the debut of Northwestern’s new turf field.
The 2019 season didn’t get off to a good start for the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers when Notre Dame’s Christian Greggo took the opening kick-off and cut through a sea of white jerseys, winding up in the end zone 90 yards later to give the Crusaders an early lead.
Notre Dame rode the quick start to a 42-35 opening-week win. Northwestern needed a late-game rally to keep it close, as the Tigers attempted to overcome six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions) against one of the better teams in the Colonial League.
James Snyder always will have plenty of memories of the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). It has been a part of his life as well as his family’s since his early days as a youth.
His father and head Catty boys’ basketball coach, Eric, instituted the tournament 30 years ago.
“I have been involved with the TOC since I was a little kid,” recalled Snyder. “I remember give Chris Michael, Gary Laubach, and Dick Tracy T-shirts at halftime.
“In high school, I was announcing in it. So, not just to play it, but also win it, makes the moment feel extra special for me.”
Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound towards the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire. Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.
Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.
Derek Holmes has had a lot of successes over the past couple years at Northwestern Lehigh.
He’s played in states in both basketball and baseball, reaching the state semifinals with the Northwestern baseball team in 2018. In football, the 2018 team reached the semifinals of the District 11 playoffs and the finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs the previous season.
For his accomplishments, Holmes has been named this year’s Northwestern Press Male Athlete of the Year.
If it wasn’t for a 99-cent slushie, Northwestern’s Alyssa Zack may have never had a running career.
“My dad used to take me out on runs when I was younger,” Zack said. “I would do the Lehigh Valley Little Road Runners kids races. It was kind of fun, but my dad afterwards would always take me to the gas station to get the 99-cent slushie.”
So, it wasn’t the running that kept Zack coming back. It was more the slushies.