Coming into Salisbury’s home turf, Northwestern certainly wanted to start off fast.
No one could have anticipated just how quickly things began to unfold during Tuesday night’s Colonial League boys soccer tilt.
The Northwestern football team racked up over 350 yards of total offense against Pen Argyl and the defense delivered its second straight shutout as the Tigers rolled to a 37-0 win over the Green Knights last Friday night at The Jungle.
The win puts Northwestern at 2-1 on the season and drops Pen Argyl to 0-3.
Quarterback Dylan Snyder continues to show increasing confidence and leadership for the Tigers offense, going 9-for-12 in passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Both touchdown passes were to Dylan Lobach, who finished the night with three catches for 79 yards.
Success can’t always by measures by wins and losses.
Sometimes it comes in the form of a tie.
Northwestern’s 1-1 tie against Northern Lehigh last week was a victory of the Tiger field hockey program.
“I think it could be a turning point for our season since they know what they can do and what kind of heart they could put into playing every game,” said Northwestern head coach Lissa Opolsky. “It could lead us to good things and good success in the end.
Sabrina Mertz may just be a freshman at Lehigh, but she’s already making plenty of noise for the Mountain Hawks’ soccer team.
Just last week, two news stories on the womens soccer team’s homepage featured photos of Mertz in Lehigh’s famous brown and white jerseys. She has six goals (team-high) and two assists in the first eight games for 14 points. And it was exactly 10 days ago that she was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week.
It’s roughly 2,400 miles across the country from the Lehigh Valley to Phoenix, Arizona.
But for Northwestern High School senior Jacob Stevens, it was The Grand Canyon State that introduced him to his passion at an early age.
Stevens, who is originally from Chandler (a suburb of Phoenix), moved to Pennsylvania early in his childhood. He moved back to the southwest state back in 2011, and it was a visit he had with some family members that changed his life forever. After seeing his uncle and cousin race in a motocross race, he was hooked.
It may have just been another early-season league game on the schedule, but don’t tell the Northwestern girls soccer team that. Tuesday’s Colonial League battle against Salisbury had more on the line.
With both teams among the top of the standings with just one loss, although early, Tuesday’s game figured to be a solid measuring stick for both sides.
With three runners missing from the varsity line up, the Northwestern girls cross country team had to readjust its goals heading into the annual early-season DeSales Invitational.
Most years the Lady Tigers are looking to win it. This year, with two seniors taking SATs the day of the race and another senior resting an injury, the goal was a top-five finish Saturday in Center Valley.
The Tigers weren’t going to sulk about their opening-week loss to Notre Dame (Green Pond). Instead, they came out firing against Bangor and picked up a 39-0 win.
Harry Hall again led Northwestern’s offense — at least in the relatively short time that he played — with 146 yards on 10 carries. Hall took the first play from scrimmage 76 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for the game.
Anyone who saw Pen Argyl in its season-opening 20-7 loss to Northern Lehigh, but didn’t see the Green Knights last week against Palmerton hasn’t really seen the true Green Knights.
Head coach Paul Reduzzi wasn’t happy seeing his team pick up just 102 yards of offense in week one, so he ditched the spread offense that seemed somewhat inept against Northern Lehigh in favor of a power offense against the Blue Bombers.
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.