Boys soccer gets win
Tuesday night at Al Erdosy stadium was the stage for the Northampton boys soccer team’s Senior Night.
The following seniors and their parents were honored before the start of the game: Jacob Auger, Paul Connolly, Patrick Dancsecs, Dalton Domchek, Aaron Eberts, Camerone Giancaterino, Tanner Melinsky, and Maxx Venzke.
The Central Catholic Vikings were in town trying to ruin the evening. The Vikings entered the game at 7-6-3 and yet to secure a spot in the District XI playoffs. The Kids came in at 9-3-3 already having clinched a playoff spot. However, a 3-0 loss in their previous game to Southern Lehigh left the Kids with something to prove.
Junior midfielder Anthony Snyder got the night off to a happy start on the playing field as he intercepted an attempted Central clearance and banged home the first goal of the game just 57 seconds in.
The game settled into a back and forth rhythm over the next half-hour with neither team able to put the ball in the back of the net. That all changed when Connor Grabfelder’s on-ball work resulted in a foul and a free kick. Snyder had the honor of taking the kick and he buried the ball in the top right corner from 25 yards out to make the score 2-0 with 5 minutes left in the half. The Kids took that lead into the break.
The second half saw no scoring, but that was no reflection of the intensity on the field as each team picked up a red card and played a man down.
The Kids’ hustle left Central very little space and time with which to work. They had no good chances during the run of play and the Kids’ defense and goalkeeping were equal to the task on set pieces to gain the shutout. Head coach Adam Bastidas thought that was the thing that most stood out.
“Our overall effort for the entirety of the game,” he said. “The last few games, the effort has gone in ebbs and flows. I thought tonight the effort was there the entire game.”
The Kids will wrap up their regular season Thursday with a game at Nazareth. Northampton currently sits in sixth place in the District XI 4A standings. That probably represents the lowest seed that they will have once the playoffs start. Depending on the results of other teams, the Kids could move up a spot or two.
As coach Bastidas reminded his players after the game, “We’re getting to the point in the season where each game is going to be someone’s last game. It’s either going to be them or you.”