The Northwestern boys soccer team finished with just two losses in summer league play, including the playoffs.
One team was responsible for both of those setbacks.
Freedom (Patriot FC) pulled away from Northwestern (New Tripoli Bank FC), the top team in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League Group B, with three goals in the second half for a 4-2 victory in the quarterfinal round of the LVSSL playoffs on Tuesday night at Lehigh University’s Campus Fields.
For three games in a row, the Northern Valley Chargers had their backs against the wall. A loss to undefeated South Parkland on Friday forced them to play the rest of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs one loss away from being eliminated.
The situation didn’t faze the Chargers. They played some of their best baseball of the season after that second-round loss in the double-elimination LVL playoff tournament.
Northern Valley won three straight games to get another shot at South Parkland in the tournament finals.
In its regular season summer league finale last week, the Northwestern boys soccer team gave up a goal late in the game and ended up settling for a tie with Upper Perkiomen. Exactly one week later the same two teams met, but this time there was a different result.
Once again the Tigers scored first. This time they were able to hold onto their lead in taking down the Indians 3-0 last Monday evening in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League postseason tournament at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus.
Like every other Lehigh Valley Legion team, the Northern Valley Chargers were bitten by players missing games for one reason or another.
Chargers head coach Brad Rauch stressed to his players how important it was to honor their commitment to the team, but it’s summertime and families have vacations and there’s a lot going on. Nobody knows that better than Rauch, who found himself with his family in Lake Seneca, NY as his team won two games on Sunday and then faced the potential of two games against South Parkland early this week for the LVL championship.
With just two games left in the regular season, the Northern Valley Connie Mack baseball team is looking for a bit of consistency with the playoffs right around the corner.
The Chargers (8-8) entered the final week of the season a game below .500. But a convincing 7-2 win over Becahi on Tuesday put the Chargers back at the Mendoza Line, an area they have spent much of their season.
Summer league soccer is about working in new players, schemes and just trying to get better overall for the upcoming fall season that is creeping up now just less than two months away.
The Northern Valley Chargers (7-9) have been inconsistent to say the least over the past week. They’ve gone from an 11-1 loss to Carbon to a 13-1 win over Emmaus, only to follow up the Emmaus win with a loss in the second game of a double-header, 9-2.
A slide late in the regular season dropped the Chargers from a potential third seed down to a fifth seed, taking away the chance for a first-round home game, where the Chargers have played pretty well.
The annual American Legion All-Star game pitting the best players in the Lehigh Valley League against their counterparts from the Berks-Schuylkill League was scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Reading’s First Energy Stadium, home of the Fightin’ Phils.
The game was postponed to Tuesday because of rain.
The following is a list of this year’s LVL All-Stars.
The Northern Valley Chargers faced something of a perfect storm Monday when Lower Macungie rolled into New Tripoli. The Chargers were missing two key players, their pitching was thin and the Mustangs have spent the last week pounding the ball on a four-game winning streak that brought them back to the .500 mark on the season. The result was a particularly bad storm that saw the Chargers fall to Lower Macungie in a 16-2 loss.
After a stretch of 10 days off, the Northern Valley American Legion baseball team has had a tough time getting back into the win column.
The Chargers were on a three-game winning streak when rains wiped out a big chunk of their schedule. Since returning, Northern Valley has dropped games to North Parkland, South Parkland and Salisbury.
Against North Parkland (8-3), Northern Valley looked to work its way back from a 7-3 deficit.