It’s a bit ironic.
The last time the Northwestern girls cross country team lost in a regular season league meet was on October 13, 2010. Exactly five years ago to the day, the Lady Tiger harriers were on the verge of keeping their unbeaten league streak alive well into the 100s.
On Tuesday evening, the Lady Tigers did just that. Northwestern defeated all four teams (Moravian Academy, Notre Dame-Green Pond, Palisades and Saucon Valley) in their regular season finale at Palmerton High School that pushed their winning streak to 129 contests.
Northwestern had only been shut out twice prior to Thursday’s Colonial League matchup against Palisades. The only time that happened in Colonial League play was in the second week of the season against unbeaten Saucon Valley, 2-0.
Unfortunately for the Tigers (11-3 overall, 8-2 in Colonial League), that happened once again on Thursday night when the Pirates (11-3-2, 8-2) used two goals just over four minutes apart in the second half to secure a much-needed win at Palisades High School.
Last season, Southern Lehigh and Northwestern were two of the three teams that shared the Colonial League Championship, giving the Spartans back-to-back titles. This season, Southern Lehigh is looking to make it three in a row and they’re in good shape to do just that at 5-1.
Following close on their heels, the Tigers stand at 4-2 and are still hoping to get into the final mix of teams at the top, although they’ll need some help to accomplish that.
Sometimes, an opposing coach can give a proper assessment of how a team plays. In the case of Northwestern’s 1-0 loss to Parkland, Lady Trojans coach Al Haddad seemed to hit the nail right on the head.
“We didn’t create enough scoring opportunities against Northwestern, and in all honesty, they could have won that game,” said Haddad after the win.
When Northwestern suffered its first loss of the season last week, 1-0 to Salisbury, the team had to choose a path.
It could let the loss pull it downward or use it as learning experience and motivation.
The Tigers did the latter. They headed into Monday’s rescheduled contest against Moravian Academy, the only other unbeaten team in the Colonial League ready to erase the loss from their memory.
The did just that, beating the Lions 3-0 to remain the only undefeated team in the league. The loss to Salisbury was a nonleague game between the two league rivals.
Salisbury averaged right around 30 points per game last season. The Falcons have upped that to 35 points per game this season. One of the keys is the passing of senior quarterback Tevon Weber, who has thrown for just under 700 yards this season.
Heading into the 2015 season, the Northwestern volleyball team had a new look. Losing a large number of its senior starters, the Tigers are fielding only four seniors this year with a team that does not have much varsity experience.
Claire Rocca, Kayla Maskornick, Emily Wentz and Isabel Dietrich helped lead Northwestern to a 3-0 win over Catasauqua last Tuesday night at Catty High School by scores of 25-8, 25-4, 25-8.
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.