Boys win opening-round game
The Northampton boys soccer team continued their late season resurgence by claiming a 4-1 District XI 4A opening round victory over Pocono Mountain West on a rainy Tuesday night in Al Erdosy Stadium.
The team started the season with a 3-6 record, but since then have gone 7-2-1.
Alexander Mello put the Kids on top with a goal at the 26:20 mark of the first half.
The Panthers equalized with 6:06 before halftime and the teams went into the break tied at 1-1.
The game’s key sequence occurred during the 23rd minute of the second half. A rocket off the foot of a PM West player clanged off the crossbar of the Northampton goal with 17:58 left in the game. Thirty-six seconds later Anthony Snyder found the aggressive Panther keeper too far out of his goal and slipped the ball past him into the left corner of the goal to give Northampton a lead it would never relinquish.
Ten minutes later, Dylan Domchek added an insurance goal.
The final tally came with 5:51 left in the game when Evan Transue took a great feed from Joesph Tiwold and buried it in the back of the net.
First-year head coach Ryan Brazuk explained the key to the win.
“The guys knew what they had to do today,” he said. “It’s all in the preparation.
“It’s incredible. No one ever thought we were going to be here and we’re going to just keep plugging away. I’m so proud of them. On to Parkland.”
Indeed, the boys will play the Trojans in the quarterfinal round. The game is at Parkland on Thursday at 5 p.m. In the regular season, the Kids dropped both games to the Trojans by a 2-0 score.
If they can turn the tables on Parkland, they would play the winner of Liberty and Whitehall on Tuesday.
The girls soccer team is seeded third in their district bracket and will take on sixth seed Easton at 6:30 on Thursday at home. The Rovers finished the regular season as co-champions of the Steel Division with a 13-5 record. They won their opening round EPC playoff game over PM East 1-0 before losing 1-0 to eventual EPC champion Parkland in the semifinals.
The Kids finished the regular season at 12-5-1 and earned the third seed by virtue of playing the tougher Skyline Division schedule. In fact, the top-three seeds are all Skyline teams. Parkland and Emmaus are the top-two teams. If Northampton wins, it will face the winner of Freedom and Emmaus on Tuesday.