Girls fall to Easton
Northampton’s field hockey team will head into the postseason on a script that pretty much has played put as planned.
The Konkrete Kids finished the regular season with an overall 12-6 mark, and they lost to Easton, 5-1, in the opening round of the East Penn Conference (EPC) playoffs.
The Kids will now await a district bid in the upcoming playoffs in two weeks, as they are seeded seventh in the Class 3A bracket.
Senior Abby Piotrowski, who is headed to York College next fall, led the Kids with 20 goals and 12 assists.
“We lost four key seniors from last year, and I was pleased with our overall progress this year,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “We had 18 girls who scored at least one goal. We had a lot of young players and they all improved for us throughout the season.
“They were a number of girls who stood out, and we really had a team effort this year.”
Saul noted the final seven-game stretch that proved to be a test of character for her club.
The Kids began the stretch with impressive routs over Pocono Mountain West (11-1) and Muhlenberg (7-0).
From there, they blanked Parkland (2-0) and Bethlehem Catholic (5-0) before they dropped matches to Pocono Mountain East () and Nazareth (4-3). They ended their regular season with a 2-1 win over Whitehall on their senior night.
Before their final game, The Kids played four games in five days and five contests over seven days.
“We set a goal to take it one game at a time,” added Saul. “We were probably exhausted at the end. The Nazareth loss was a tough one as it was back and forth. We had to play the Pocono Mountain East game on a Sunday and it was a very good game.”
The Kids will take a high-powered offense into the postseason. They scored 93 goals in 18 games. They likely will be looking at a rematch with Easton in the opening round of the district playoffs.
Whatever the final outcome, the Kids will return six starters next season.
“We’ll have a good group back including our goalkeeper,” said Saul. “We’ll be ready to move on.”