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.
Coming on the heels of Northampton’s 3-0 loss to Easton last Saturday in the EPC field hockey playoffs, there didn’t seem to be a compelling reason to spend two hours standing in the rain to witness the two teams play again in the quarterfinals of the District XI playoffs.
However, a different Konkrete Kids team showed up on Tuesday and those who braved the elements were treated to an all-time classic.
Easton got on the board first with a goal six minutes into the contest.
The Northampton girls volleyball team took advantage of their first-ever District XI appearance by claiming a straight-set win over Pocono Mountain West on Tuesday, winning 25-13, 25-16, 25-11.
Head coach Jess Finlayson explained that the team needed time to acclimatize to new situation.
“We started off a little slow just because of districts,” she said. “We can’t touch the balls until 20 minutes before (the match starts), so until the captains are called, you can just stretch. So I don’t think they were quite warmed up.”
The Northampton girls soccer team traveled to Emmaus on Saturday for their EPC quarterfinal game and came away battered, bruised, and on the wrong end of a 1-0 score.
The Hornets had won both regular season contests between the teams, the first by a 3-2 score and the second 3-1.
The Kids almost drew first blood 4 minutes into the game when an Isabella Nota shot beat the Emmaus keeper and rang off the left post.
After that scare, the Hornets ratcheted up their physical play which frustrated the Northampton side.
The Northampton field hockey team was knocked out of the EPC tournament by a familiar nemesis.
Easton beat the Konkrete Kids 3-0 on Saturday to advance to the EPC semifinal. The Rovers have eliminated Northampton from the conference playoffs in the quarterfinals the last three times the Kids have qualified for the league tournament.
Easton had won the regular season matchup 3-1 on Sept. 21.
Northampton had a few scoring chances early in the game as it earned three penalty corners in the first 14 minutes. However, the Rovers tallied the opening goal at the 14:22 mark.
Northampton’s 55-13 win over Allen under the lights at Al Erdosy stadium on Friday moved the K-Kids to within one game of claiming the EPC North Division title. It would be the first league title for Northampton football since winning the Mountain Valley Conference in 1997.
Allen threatened to ruin the celebratory Homecoming atmosphere by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. However by the time the first quarter was over, Northampton held a 34-7 lead and the rout was on.
While football is the ultimate team game, junior QB Joe Kerbacher had a standout first half.
With their first-ever EPC tournament berth on the line, the Northampton girls volleyball team went to Nazareth last Thursday and swept the Blue Eagles 25-20, 25-21 and 25-23.
The Kids still needed some help to qualify in the form of a Pleasant Valley win over Stroudsburg. The Bears took care of the Mountaineers in three sets.
The first playoff game in program history took place Tuesday at Emmaus. The Green Hornets came in as the #1 seed, led by EPC MVP and future Penn Stater, Macy Van Den Elzen.
The Northampton field hockey team claimed their point against Cement Belt rival Whitehall with a convincing 5-2 win at the Zephyr Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
The Kids had good early pressure as the forced four penalty corners in the first six minutes of the game.
Morgan McIntire cashed in on the fourth one with the game’s first goal at the 24:19 mark.
Despite a total of 6 corners and 11 shots on goal, Northampton had to settle for a 1-0 lead at the half.
The Northampton girls volleyball team finished off a season sweep of Whitehall last Thursday night in Pete Schneider Gymnasium. It took four sets for the Kids to clinch another Cement Belt Challenge point. The scores were: 25-5, 13-25, 25-12, and 25-11.
Northampton ran off the last 14 points of the first set, 13 of those on Mya Cascario’s serve.
Whitehall turned the tables in the second set, winning the last 10 points against a K-Kids’ lineup that featured several subs.
The Northampton girls volleyball team clinched their first ever District XI playoff berth with a straight-set win over Notre Dame of Green Pond on Monday. The 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 win over the Colonial League’s second-best team was the their 9th of the season and extended their match winning streak to three.
Head coach Jess Finlayson had challenged the team before the season started.