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.
The Northampton tennis duo of Liz Hozza and Rose Sharga looked great early on before seeing their run in the District 11 Doubles Tournament come to an end on Tuesday afternoon.
Hozza was no stranger to deep runs in tournaments this year as she made it to the quarterfinals in the singles tournament before falling.
Hozza again made it to the quarters, this time with Sharga as the number-five seed, before meeting Parkland’s Jess Tseo and Erin Joo who were seeded fourth in the tourney.
The K-Kid duo fell 6-1, 6-3.
Joe Kerbacher certainly will be humbled by the moment.
The Northampton junior quarterback are his teammates are anxiously anticipating the clinching of the East Penn Conference (EPC) North title with a win over Pocono Mountain East Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium.
Northampton (7-1, 6-0) has won seven-straight conference games since they lost opening night to Parkland, an EPC South team. Pocono Mountain East (4-4) posted a 27-0 shutout last week, and the Cardinals have won two-straight games.
With a district playoff berth hanging in the balance, the Northampton boys soccer team traveled to Southern Lehigh last Thursday afternoon for the final game of the regular season.
After a season in which they were 3-6 about midway through their schedule, the Kids reeled off five consecutive victories, handing Emmaus their first loss of the season, and defeating an explosive Whitehall team during that stretch.
Still, their future was uncertain after two losses and a tie in their next three matches.
The Northampton girls cross country team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the EPC Championships on Tuesday afternoon at DeSales University, while the boys team finished seventh out of 18 teams.
Georgia Wiswesser (3rd - 19:45) and Amber Poniktera (9th - 20:09) both medaled on the day, which earned them first team, all-EPC honors.
“They have both ran incredibly well all season long and their accomplishments are well deserved,” said head coach Dan Benner.
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 EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.
After their signature win over East Stroudsburg South to take the lead position for the East Penn Conference (EPC) North crown, Northampton needed an encore.
They got it in a showstopping style for their sixth consecutive victory.
The Konkrete Kids traveled to Stroudsburg last week and pieced together a convincing 35-7 victory to further convince themselves as well as football followers across the Lehigh Valley of their presence.
The Northampton girls soccer team will be getting ready for the upcoming league and district playoffs thanks to finishing their season with an overall 12-5-1 record, which included a 10-5-1 mark in the EPC.
The EPC playoffs are slated to get started Saturday and the Kids could be seeded around the seventh seed with a road game in the first round.