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.
With the Lehigh Valley Phantoms well stocked with young, exciting talent and the Philadelphia Flyers off to a 1-4 start, changes came quickly to ignite the parent team with some youthful exuberance.
Joel Farabee and Mikhail Vorobyev were recalled by Philadelphia on Sunday, while Carsen Twarynski was loaned to the Phantoms.
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.”
Suburban Dart League
Dryland 10 5 .667
Salem UCC 8 4 .667
Star of Beth 8 4 .667
Emmanuel 11 7 .611
Light of Christ 11 7 .611
Bath Luth 8 7 .533
Christ UCC 7 8 .467
St. Stephen’s 5 7 .417
St. Paul’s 6 9 .400
Ebenezer 5 13 .278
Farmersville 5 13 .278
Bath Luth at
Light of Christ 2-0, 0-10, 2-3
LC - Dan Halteman 7-13, Andy Mickelson 5-12, Charlie Mann 4-10, Rich Hasonich 4-13, double steal and stole home runs in game 2.
BL - HRs - Matt Ziegler, D.J. Stillwell, Jason Matula.
The second part of the small game season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 19) when squirrel, rabbit and grouse become legal game.
Of the trio, squirrels are the most plentiful and their sweet meat makes for excellent table fare be it in a stew, creamed or as a primary meat with mashed or sweet potatoes and a green vegetable or two.
As for rabbits, there are more of them in the city of Allentown and suburbs, than there are in area farmland fields and woodlots. And the reason for that are coyotes, foxes and great horned owls who keep their numbers there severely in check.
Week seven didn’t bring many surprises to the table, outside of Easton continuing to crumble with the real part of their schedule in tow.
Freedom stays on top after a record passing night by quarterback Jared Jenkins, as the top three teams seem to be cemented now until the end of the regular season, barring upsets.
Central Catholic preps for the postseason, while Northwestern looks to continue its quest for the Colonial League crown.
With Week 9 on the horizon, here are this week’s picks.
1. Freedom (7-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
In their season opener, the Phantoms had a bunch of near-misses when it came to shots. The team’s chemistry looked a little off as a number of new faces, many of them young, inexperienced pro players, tried to fit together into a cohesive unit.
They quickly put the opening 3-0 shutout to Providence aside and came out firing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The result was a 4-1 win, which they followed up with an overtime loss to another rival, the Hershey Bears.
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.