In her last high school soccer game at Northwestern High School, a spot in the state championship was on the line for Sabrina Mertz, now a sophomore at Lehigh University. She and the Tigers couldn’t reach that stage back in 2014, but they were able to rewrite history for the Lady Tigers’ program.
Several Northwestern Lehigh graduates competed on college athletic teams during the fall season.
An unfortunate ACL injury forced Sarah Segan to miss her freshman season on William & Mary’s soccer team. But she has made the most of her return to the field. In a 10-8-2 season for The Tribe, Segan started all 20 games and led the team with 10 goals. Her 31 shots on goal and 22 total points also led the team. She was named to the Colonial Association Athletic Second-Team and also to the All- Rookie team.
The motto in sport is that defense wins championships. The Northwestern boys soccer program proved that slogan through its recent postseason run.
The Tigers had not allowed a goal during the district and state postseason tournaments, which included a run to Colonial League and District 11 Class 3A championships, and four games in the PIAA state tournament, which culminated in an appearance in the state final.
The Northwestern varsity field hockey team certainly had a successful season at the high school level, going 8-6-2 in the Colonial League and advancing to the District 11 Class 2A semifinals.
A number of key graduates will leave that team, but the future is certainly bright for the Tiger field hockey program. And it begins at the middle school level where Northwestern had one of its best seasons ever.
Northwestern Lehigh High School’s cheerleaders took second place in the Game Day Division at the Colonial League Cheerleading Competition last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.
“This year, everybody brought it,” said Northwestern cheerleader Emily Witt. “We were really happy we held our second-place title.”
The Tigers had placed second in the Colonial League competition last year.
“We were really confident in Game Day,” Witt said. “We only lost by six points this year, and that improved from last year.”
The Northwestern boys soccer team beat Gettysburg Tuesday to advance to Saturday’s state title game in Chocolatetown
Northwestern head coach Nathan Hunsicker mentioned that his team had nothing to lose.
His Tigers clearly possessed that attitude during the PIAA 3A state semifinals against Gettysburg on Tuesday.
The physical game featured injuries, yellow cards, and a ton of chances. Fittingly enough, just one goal separated the Warriors and Tigers at the end of the night.
Gettysburg controlled the game over the first couple of minutes.
But when time inched closer to intermission, the Tigers started to apply pressure of their own.
Two Lehigh Valley Press area teams won district titles Friday night, while two others advanced to a district title game.
Here’s a quick recap of last night’s action. For more about the games see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Patriots knocked off the top-seeded Hornets 42-12.
Freedom’s Cyrus Thompson ran for four touchdowns in the game, including a 51-yard scamper on his first carry. He also ran in from 24, 9 and 16 yards. Joe Young scored the Patriots other two touchdowns on runs of 68 and 15 yards.
Northwestern boys soccer head coach Nate Hunsicker had some of this year’s senior class as middle school students five years ago.
They let him know back then that they planned to play for him in the not-so-distant future. Some of them even told him they planned to be pretty good and maybe even win some titles.
In a game that matched two teams that just missed district playoff berths, the Blue Mountain Eagles earned the Eastern Conference 4A Championship with a 51-30 win over Northwestern last Friday at Blue Mountain High School.
The Tigers were looking for their second Eastern Conference title in the last five years after falling just shy of playing in the District 11 tournament this season.
Northwestern’s recipe for success this season has consisted largely of sound defending and ball control.
And timely scoring.
The Tigers utilized the formula once again in Tuesday’s PIAA Class AAA first round game to top Athens, 1-0.
“Possession and solid defense in the back has been our bread and butter all year long,” Northwestern head coach Nathan Hunsicker said. “We don’t score a ton of goals, but we always seem to get one more than the other guys, so that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day.”