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Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Nicholas seagreaves Special to the Press in Sports

An early EPC Skyline divisional soccer meeting on Sept. 5 saw local rivals Northampton travel to Whitehall.

Only separated by a couple of miles it makes this match extra special for both teams. The two teams were going into this game with different intentions. Northampton, coming off a loss to Emmaus (3-2), wanted to get their first win of the season. While Whitehall, coming off its win against Nazareth (5-1), wanted to keep its winning ways going.

Under the lights at Whitehall’s turf complex made for a perfect atmosphere for this closely contested match. The Kids jumped out to an early lead on a sloppy clearance by the Zephyrs. Jacob Auger was there to pounce on the mistake and give the Kids the lead.

The match was closely contested throughout the rest of the first half, with both teams creating chances but neither being able to capitalize and score.

The Zephyrs came out of the second half with inspiration, energy and momentum - until Northampton’s Joey Tiwold scored a cheeky chip shot over the Zephyr’s goalie to put the score 2-0. The Zephyr’s didn’t go down without a fight but Kid goalie Brady Rimple was a brick wall. He had eight saves on the night and kept a clean sheet to solidify the win for Northampton.

After the match NHS head coach Adam Bastidas was pleased with the result.

“I’m happy to get our first win and to play so well. It was well deserved, and keeping a clean sheet is nice too,” said Bastidas.

Northampton had a game plan coming into this game and they stuck to it and it paid off.

“We showed that we can play different ways and that we can come into a game with a plan and execute it,” he said.

Leading goal scorer for the Kids, Jacob Auger, felt good about the win but also looked ahead to their next game.

“I feel really good and I’m happy to be scoring and helping the team,” said Auger.

Their next game was against Parkland and he had some strong feeling about it.

“We expect to win,” Auger stated.

His confidence was well justified.

On Friday Sept. 7, Northampton kept its winning streak rolling by defeating Parkland 2-1. Auger scored another goal in the victory, putting his season tally up to four. This result puts Northampton in second place in the EPC Skyline division only behind undefeated Emmaus.

The Kids upcoming matches are at home to Central Catholic on Sept. 11. Then at Pocono Mountain East on Sept. 13, and closing out a busy week with Stroudsburg at home on Sept. 15.