After nearly 170 minutes of scoreless soccer in two games, someone was going to need that one special play to break the invisible barrier on the front of the net and win the game. For Northwestern Lehigh, it came in the form of a bicycle kick delivered by Jeff Garcia. The goal, which made ESPN’s Top 10 Highlights, featured a key component that even the Northwestern coach wasn’t aware of until after the game.
When Northwestern Lehigh and Southern Lehigh meet in soccer, don’t figure on too many goals being scored. The two teams played to a scoreless tie in their regular season meeting and the District 11 final was no different.
The two teams played 80 minutes of scoreless soccer again, but this time there had to be a winner. In the ninth minute of overtime, Jeff Garcia used a spectacular bicycle kick to break the scoreless tie and send Northwestern to a 1-0 win and back into states for the fourth time in five seasons.
You can’t plan the heroics that Bailey Groff came up with. All she was trying to do was get the ball into position for one of her teammates to make a play, but she ended up scoring a goal.
Groff’s goal – and another by teammate Kylie Zentz – led Northwestern to a 2-0 win over Allentown Central Catholic in the District 11 Class 2A girls soccer finals. It also sends Northwestern to the PIAA tournament.
Northwestern Lehigh reached the PIAA field hockey tournament for the second straight season, this time as district champions. The district gold is the school’s first since 2004 and comes on the heels of being district runners-up last season. While the program is quickly gaining respect and seeing better results in the postseason, it hasn’t come overnight.
Head coach Lissa Opolsky took over the program in 2014 after the team had missed reaching districts in each of the past two seasons. Opolsky didn’t bring any magic potions with her and the Tigers again missed districts in 2014.
Northwestern was a game away from reaching the District 11 Class 4A championship game last season. A tough loss to Saucon Valley ended the Tigers’ run.
A year later, the top-seeded Tigers are back in the same position.
Northwestern scored 47 unanswered points to pull away from No. 8 Lehighton last Saturday night in the quarterfinals, 54-14. The win advanced the Tigers to the semifinals against No. 4 Central Catholic.
If Northwestern had written the script for how last Friday night would play out, the Tigers would have gotten it all right except for one detail. They beat Catasauqua 47-0 to handle their part of the script and then saw Pottsville and Bethlehem Catholic both lose to keep Northwestern on top of the District 11 Class 4A rankings.
The only bad part of the movie was when Southern Lehigh beat Salisbury, forcing the Tigers and Spartans to share – at least officially – the Colonial League championship.
A streak of nine consecutive wins for the Northwestern Lehigh football team sends it to the District 11 Class 4A playoffs as the top-seeded team. The Tigers open their quest for a district championship Saturday night when they host Lehighton (3-7) in the district quarterfinal game at Tiger Stadium.
Chris Stitzel does his best to standout in Hershey.
When Northwestern makes its way to the PIAA Cross Country Championships, the Tigers’ head coach typically sports a new – often colorful – hairstyle, one that is chosen by his team.
Stitzel’s makeover might be even more drastic this season.
For the first time since 2013, Northwestern will send two teams to the state meet in Hershey after the Tigers captured the boys and girls Class 2A team titles at the District 11 meet last week.
“It’s up to both teams now,” Stitzel said of his look for this weekend.
The latest battle in Northwestern Lehigh’s quest for a return to the boys PIAA soccer tournament turned out to look more like a skirmish than a full-fledged battle, but make no mistake about it, the Tigers were in a battle.
Northwestern turned a 1-0 halftime deficit into a 4-1 win and a trip to the Class 3A semifinals in District 11.
Kylie Zentz’s execution was almost as effortless as her explanation.
The Northwestern junior found an opening. And she wasn’t about to miss. Simple as that.
Zentz’s overtime goal lifted the Tigers past Notre Dame Green Pond 2-1 on Tuesday in the District 11 Class 2A semifinals. It was the second straight playoff game in which Zentz came up goal for the Tigers.
“I thought the opportunity was there and the goal was wide open,” said Zentz. “All I needed to do was kick it in.”