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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Girls soccer team gets a win over Becahi

Friday, September 28, 2018 by tom wenborg Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton Konkrete Kids girls soccer team didn’t let the conditions on a rainy Tuesday night dampen their spirits as they scored a season-high 8 goals in a shutout win over Bethlehem Catholic on Joan Kremus field.

The win lifted the Kids’ season record to 4-6.

Miranda Heffelfinger netted the first goal of the game six minutes in with an assist by Isabella Nota. After that, Abby Czarnecki and Alexandra Benedict took over the scoring.

At the 26:30 mark, Czarnecki went wide to the right and crossed the ball to Benedict to make the score 2-0. Eight and half minutes later, Benedict assisted on the first Czarnecki’s four goals. Toward the end of the first half, the forwards assisted on each other’s goals once again and the Kids took a 5-0 lead into halftime.

Benedict earned her team-high third assist on yet another Czarnecki goal to open the second half scoring. On the seventh goal of the night, the Hawks had to wonder if somehow Abby Wambach had sneaked into the number 10 Northampton jersey. The Kids had won a corner and Rachel Apsley’s perfect ball set up a textbook header for Czarnecki’s final goal of the night. Payce Korpics capped the scoring by converting a breakaway.

The scoring deluge was a pleasant surprise for head coach Chaz Saul.

“We were able to score a little more frequently in the beginning of the year,” Saul said. “That has tailed off recently. It was nice to see us convert because we had struggled a little bit.”

The Kids were as strong in the midfield and on defense as they were on offense. It seemed as if a Northampton player was the first to every loose ball. Even on those rare occasions when Becahi was able to possess the ball in Northampton’s half of the field, the Kids didn’t allow a good scoring chance. In fact, they only allowed two shots on goal for the entire game.

The Kids look like they will have an excellent chance to put together a winning streak and even their record with upcoming games against Allen on Thursday and East Stroudsburg North on Saturday. However, it will be a steep challenge to qualify for the district playoffs given a brutal closing schedule.

Saul pragmatically assessed his team’s chances.

“We are definitely going to be down two starters the rest of the season (due to injury), so we’re going to have to find a way to compensate for that,” Saul said. Somebody’s got to step up. Anything is possible. I know that they’re going to give it their best.”