From the start of the Colonial League championship game, Northwestern completely dominated play. The problem was that while the Tigers were controlling the ball and getting good looks at the net, they were unable to get the ball into the back of the net.
Within the first nine minutes of the game, they had a free kick from 25-yards out deflected by goalie Ethan Buck and another free kick clank off the crossbar and carry over the net and out of bounds. In the end though, the Tigers prevailed in a 3-1 win to take their fourth straight Colonial League championship.
In any sport, it’s normal to focus on what is happening immediately where the ball is. In soccer, it’s easy to focus on who scores the goal and forget just how that goal was set up by other members of the team. Northwestern’s dominance in the Colonial League is predicated on just those types of things.
In their 3-1 league championship win over Moravian Academy, the Tigers did all of the little things right.
During the regular season, Palisades handed Northwestern one of it two losses on the season in a 2-0 game. For a while, it looked like that same scenario might play out in the Colonial League semifinal game between the two teams, but Northwestern came raging back, only to fall to Palisades 3-2 on penalty kicks Tuesday at Salisbury High School.
Palisades got its second goal of the night with 15:35 left in the first half when Kylie Schmidt challenged goalie Lauren Terrell and put a shot just out of Terrell’s reach to make it a 2-0 game.
It’s not the type of rumble like the Jets and the Sharks had in West Side Story, but it’s a rumble nonetheless.
It’s the Northwestern Tigers and the Northern Lehigh Bulldogs in Bo and Brett’s Mountain Road Rumble. The longtime rivalry has been transformed into a charity event that raises money and awareness for the Bo Tkach Under the Helmet Foundation and the Tackle ALS/Brett Snyder Medical Fund.
Northwestern had two primary goals last Friday night. The Tigers wanted to get off to a quick start on offense. Defensively, they wanted contain Saucon Valley’s explosive running back.
They did both in a 49-28 win that knocked the Panthers from the ranks of the unbeaten and put a damper on their Homecoming.
“One of our points of emphasis this week was to get out to a fast start,” said Northwestern head coach Josh Snyder. “We felt like we could get ahead and maintain a lead we could get them uncomfortable offensively.
Northwestern Lehigh’s superbly oiled soccer machine doesn’t have anything to prove. It’s the other guys that need to come up with answers.
For the fourth straight season, the Tigers are headed to the Colonial League championship. They dispatched an upstart Southern Lehigh team 2-0 Monday evening on the turf of Salisbury High School as part of a league semifinal doubleheader. The next victim on the horizon is Moravian Academy which downed Saucon Valley 3-2 in the opener.
The Northwestern girls cross country team had something to prove at Tuesday’s Colonial League Championships.
The Lady Tigers had big plans for this season. They were going to go unbeaten in the Colonial League and continue an unbeaten streak that included a 24-0 record in 2017.
Many of this year’s juniors and seniors were part of the program’s last win streak, which spanned 134 victories and ended in 2016.
Colonial League playoff brackets for championship week have been announced for boys and girls soccer, field hockey and volleyball.
Boys soccer action gets underway Monday at Salisbury with Moravian Academy (3) vs. Saucon Valley (2) at 5 p.m. followed by Southern Lehigh (4) at Northwestern (1) at 7 p.m.
The championship is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at a site to be determined.
The eighth week of the 2018 high school football season saw two unbeaten teams fall as Freedom downed Emmaus and Northwestern took out Saucon Valley.
Here are recaps of some teams from around the area. See this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press for more about your local teams.
The Patriots scored a pair of late touchdowns to tie the game before winning with a two-point conversion in overtime to improve to 8-0 while handing Emmaus (7-1) its first loss.
Against Northern Lehigh, the Southern Lehigh Spartans found the end zone on the first play of three of their first four drives of the game.
They weren’t that fast against Northwestern, but on just the second play of the game, senior quarterback Logan Edmond hit Dalton Musselman for a 73-yard touchdown pass and the Spartans offense was picking up where they left off a week earlier against the Bulldogs. In the end, Northwestern fell for just the second time this season, losing to Southern Lehigh 45-21.