With a tough loss to Notre Dame in the opening week of the season, the question is, how will the Northwestern Tigers respond against Bangor. Will they still be licking their wounds from the opener or will they come out with a renewed fire against the Slaters?
Odds are that the early season wake-up call is going to put Northwestern on a mission to leave that as the only loss of the season and the Tigers look to restart the season against Bangor.
After Freedom dropped Northwestern from its schedule prior to the start of the season, head coach Lissa Opolsky and the Lady Tigers needed to fill that void. Enter Holy Reedemer from the Wyoming Valley Conference.
While Northwestern came up on the short end of the stick against Holy Reedemer, a 1-0 loss on Friday, the Lady Tigers took a number of positives away from that game. It showed in their Colonial League opener on Tuesday.
One of the hallmarks of the 2014 Northwestern football team was its ability to limit turnovers. That enviable trait wasn’t on display last Friday night when the Tigers turned the ball over four times, helping Notre Dame (Green Pond) to a 30-19 win over last year’s District 11 2A Champions. The win was notable for Notre Dame, who went 0-10 last season, but are infused with talent from the former Pius X team.
Seth Laky (left) and Britton Shander, who represented the Lehigh Valley team for the Keystone State Games that were held recently, July 30-Aug. 2, at York College. The Lehigh Valley division consisted of players from Northampton, Lehigh, Berks and Monroe counties. Interested players were given the opportunity to try out at various locations throughout these counties on numerous occasions. Seth and Britton played on the junior division for the games and took home the gold medal in the finals beating the Delaware Valley team 16-8 in ten innings.
Even with the Bulls just coming off a five-run inning in the top of the third, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie had a few words for his teammates and players going into the fourth: "We're not done yet."
The Bulls' offense certainly wasn't finished, but that would have been more than enough with pitcher Jared Schaffer dealing on the mound.
Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The Union held a press conference announcing it will continue its player development structure by launching its own team in the lower division United Soccer League.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.
The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.
After a pair of deflating losses in Games 3 and 4 of their Blue Mountain League semifinals matchup against Northampton, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie knew two things: The Bulls needed a quick start and their bats needed to come alive in Game 5.
Limeport scored 15 runs in Games 1 and 2 of that series to take a 2-0 lead. But the bats seemed to disappear after Northampton evened the series at two games apiece and held the Bulls to just one run.
Just a week ago, it looked as if the road to another championship appearance in the Blue Mountain League would be easy for Limeport.
The Bulls, who finished the regular season with the No. 1 seed in the playoffs at 25-11, quickly built a 2-0 series lead against the Northampton Giants. A pitching spectacle from ace Adam Maini in Game 1 led to an 8-0 win. A 7-5 victory the next day brought the Bulls within one win of their fourth championship appearance in six years.
Coming into the summer, Northwestern head coach Nate Hunsicker had high expectations for the Tiger boys soccer team.
And why wouldn't he? Northwestern lost just three conferences games in the Colonial League last season and finished as district runner-up. Before that, the Tigers had a successful summer in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League. But the biggest sign of optimism is that the Tigers graduated just two senior starters from last year-Brandon Herb and Cody Gangaware.