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.
District 11 held playoffs in field hockey and volleyball Wednesday.
Below are scores from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area teams that competed.
The No. 5 seed Zephyrs beat the No. 4 seed Konkrete Kids 4-2.
Emily Wells scored two goals for Whitehall (12-6), while teammates Kylee Cunningham and Kate Bonshak had one each. Rachel Schannauer had a pair of assists for the Zephs.
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 Valley 0-9
The following is the District 11 playoff schedule for field hockey, soccer and volleyball.
(9) Eastburg South at (8) Pocono East 6 p.m.
(1) Emmaus vs. winner of PME-Eastburg South 5:30 p.m. at Emmaus; (5) Whitehall at (4) Northampton 6 p.m.; (6) Easton at (3) Liberty 4:30 p.m.; (7) Parkland at (2) Stroudsburg 4 p.m.
(4) Salisbury vs. (1) Bangor 7 p.m.; (3) Eastburg North vs. (2) Southern Lehigh 5:15 p.m.
The penultimate week of the regular season saw some teams position themselves for the upcoming district football playoff tournaments.
Here are recaps of Lehigh Valley Press area games. For more about the games and all you local varsity teams, see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Colonial League held soccer championship games on Thursday.
Northwestern’s boys soccer team defended it’s title with a 2-1 win over Salisbury Thursday’s title game at Northern Lehigh.
Noah Meyers scored the game-winner for Northwestern on an assist from Kenny Gawelko.
Last week Northwestern was the team pulling off the upset. This week the Tigers were on the other side.
Bangor scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to come back from a 19-point halftime deficit and beat Northwestern 36-28 at Bangor Memorial Park.
“This team hasn’t figured out how to finish teams off when they have them on the ropes,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder. “All of our losses we’ve been up by two scores in the second half and just can’t find a way to finish things. It’s a learning process but unfortunately we’re seven games into it by now.”
The Northwestern and Southern Lehigh girls’ soccer teams are no strangers to success.
The two programs have combined to win the last three Colonial League tournament titles, with the Spartans topping the Tigers for last year’s crown.
Back-to-back championships seemed unlikely for Southern Lehigh, which lost many of its top play makers from last season’s squad.
These Spartans might not be last year’s team. But Tuesday night, they proved they still know how to get the job done.
Teams always hope to be playing at their peak as the regular season winds down, with the goal of reaching their full potential in the postseason.
The Northwestern field hockey team certainly feels it is on track to do just that.