Three straight losses have Kelly Backenstoe scratching her head.
After winning their first five games, Backenstoe's Northampton field hockey team dropped three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games in a row and the coach is puzzled.
"We outshot and out-cornered Emmaus, Whitehall and Stroudsburg, but the ball just didn't go into the nets," said Backenstoe, now in her seventh season with the Konkrete Kids.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference officially approved division names for sports throughout the conference last week.
Paying homage to the Lehigh Valley and District 11 landscapes and history, the three division names are prevalent throughout the entire conference, but apply in different terms for sports that have all 18 schools competing and those sports that only have a limited amount of participating sports.
Not much movement in the poll from last week, but two new teams entered and two waved good-bye.
Parkland continues to coast through their early season schedule, while Freedom continues to impress and play as a potential contender. Whitehall and Liberty butt heads this week in the best contest on the calendar.
So, as the weather starts to cool down, the season should start to heat up as league races will hit full throttle in the coming weeks.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Parkland sure have a lot of warm up games early on.
The boys soccer team split two recent games, falling to Emmaus 3-0 and knocking off Whitehall 1-0.
Emmaus striker John Fritz scored two times in the second half, both off assists from Parker Landis, to put away Northampton last Thursday night at Emmaus' Memorial Field for a 3-0 win.
Both of his goals were created from the center of the pitch. Landis, who should be among the area leaders in assists, fed Fritz perfectly and he knifed through two defenders both times to notch the goals.
Landis assisted on the game's first goal as well, which was scored by Greg Lind.
The losing streak finally came to an end for Northampton Tuesday night, as the K-Kids knocked off Catasauqua in a three game (25-6, 25-8, 25-4) sweep to notch their first victory of the season.
The win snapped a six-match losing streak for the Kids (1-6, 0-5), who had not won a single game prior to Tuesday night in any of their previous six matches.
A week after defeating Allen, Northampton was dumped back into reality following a 49-0 shellacking at the hands of Parkland last week.
Parkland exploded for 28 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead into halftime, which was good enough to get the mercy rule in effect, as the Trojans compiled 413 yards of offense, 314 of which came via the running game.
Kids' head coach Mark Scisly saw his team battle in the first quarter and hopes they can believe in themselves a little more, like he did during last week's tilt.
When looking at the rosters of conference unbeatens Northampton and Parkland, head coach Gus Belaires saw that there was a discrepancy in numbers.
Trojans coach Al Haddad used about 20 of his 24 rostered players, but Belaires just did not have the numbers to do so.
While the Parkland players were able to stay fresh, the Konkrete Kids core was forced to play the majority of the game.
That may have caught up to them, as Parkland (5-0 overall, 4-0 East Penn Conference) edged Northampton (3-2 overall, 3-1 EPC) 1-0 on a second half goal from Rachel Medlar.
Well, if there's one thing we took away from week two it's that things aren't always so clear as you may think. Whitehall's miraculous victory over Central Catholic and Bethlehem Catholic's sneaky win over Pleasant Valley, showed that everything can change quickly in the new EPC.
Freedom showed signs of being a very dangerous team, while Easton and Parkland maintained their consistency.
Week three could provide some flare, but probably not the type of fireworks we saw last week.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week's rank: #1
The Northampton girls tennis team fell to Becahi 5-2.
Emma Angle and Mary Angle both came away with wins for the Kids. Emma Angle's came at number-one singles where she beat the Hawks Brooke Adams 6-2, 6-4.
Mary Angle won her match at number-two singles, beating Tess Shuler 7-6, 6-0.
1. Emma Angle (N) def. Brooke Adams: 6-2, 6-4; 2. Mary Angle (N) def. Tess Shuler: 7-6, 6-0, 3. Molly Ehrig (BC) def. Grace Lewis: 6-0, 4-0 injury default.
For the second straight game, a converted penalty kick was the deciding goal in a Northampton loss last Wednesday afternoon at J. Birney Crum Stadium versus Allen, 3-2.
The ball appeared to hit defender Matt Peluszak's hip but the officials called a handball in the box. Mohammed Aisset converted the PK with 1:58 remaning for the 3-2 Allen win.
Allen opened the scoring just 1:08 into the match. Cameron Rockwell used his speed to dribble down the right wing and slotted a perfect ball across the box where Anibal Mendez finished.