After finishing the season undefeated and winning a league title last week, the Northwestern boys soccer team kept rolling in it’s first game of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs.
The defending district champ Tigers earned the No. 1 seed and earned a bye into Tuesday’s semifinal round where they faced fifth-seed Southern Lehigh.
Northwestern shut out the Spartans 3-0 to move on to Thursday’s district title game where they will play No. 3 Central Catholic.
The final regular season games in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and Colonial League take place this weekend. While several teams are in action Saturday, six Lehigh Valley Press area teams were in action Friday night, including one game that decided a league title.
For more about these games see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title was at stake as the Hornets edged to Trojans 24-21 to win their first outright league title since 1972.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
It’s week 10 of the football season and there’s a lot on the line heading into the regular season finale.
Check out the breakdowns below for each classification with scenarios for what local teams have to accomplish to either get into the postseason or improve their seeding.
(All teams listed have either clinched or are in contention)
1A (4 teams qualify)
1. Williams Valley 8-1
2. Tri-Valley 7-2
3. Marian Catholic 5-4
4. Nativity BVM 1-8
5. Shenandoah Vy. 0-9
The stage was set for the Colonial League Cross Country Championship Meet on Wednesday at DeSales University.
In addition to running a notoriously difficult course, the runners were faced with an 80-degree day, which didn’t make things any easier.
But the show went on.
In the girls race, Wilson’s Jillian Pote placed first with a time of 20:31.4. The heat was hard on Northwestern’s Madeline Consuelos. She finished second and collapsed after crossing the finish line. The Tigers’ sophomore gave everything she had and appeared to be OK after the race.
Several Lehigh Valley Press area teams competed in the District 11 Cross Country Meet Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal.
Parkland’s boys cross country team took first place in Class 3A.
The Trojans’s Hailemichael Geiger and Sam Morgan finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead the team over second place Southern Lehigh.
Riley Williamson (8th), Nicholas Bower (12th) and Steven Kaleycik (22nd) were also part of the Trojans’ top five at the meet.
Emmaus’ Del Vierling took fifth place overall as the Hornets finished sixth as a team.
Northwestern opened the season with a number of young players replacing graduating seniors and nobody was quite sure what to expect. While there have been some rough spots, the Tigers have seen some of the young players develop well in their first full varsity season as starters, leaving things in good shape moving forward.
Throughout Thursday night’s Colonial League championship game, the Northwestern boys’ soccer team took several shots at what seemed to be a brick wall in front of the Salisbury net.
The Tigers put a crack in it with a game-tying goal in the second half, but they couldn’t bring the wall completely down in 80 minutes of regulation.
In the second overtime period, it finally came crumbling down when Noah Meyers provided the game-winning shot as the Tigers defended last year’s league title with a 2-1 victory over the Falcons.
Sometimes, one just has to hand it to the other team. That’s what Northwestern had to do after losing 21-14 to rival Northern Lehigh in Bo and Brett’s Mountain Road Rumble last Friday.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they also had to hand over the accompanying trophy that goes to the winner of the rivalry game and has been in the Northwestern trophy case for three straight years.
It’s hard to predict how a team will respond to a loss.
But if Northwestern’s District 11 Class 2A girls’ soccer quarterfinal against Lehighton is any indication, the Tigers will be just fine.
After falling to Southern Lehigh in penalty kicks in the Colonial League semifinals last week, Northwestern bounced back Tuesday with a 7-0 victory to move on to the semifinals.
The Tigers will face Salisbury, which earned an 8-0 quarterfinal win over Tamaqua, Thursday in the semis.