“We’re looking for the perfect shot.”
The Northampton boys’ soccer team has put together a series of strong defensive performances against the top teams in the East Penn Conference, but according to head coach Adam Bastidas, the K-Kids need to generate a lot more offense.
Northampton fell to Whitehall 3-1 on Oct. 2 to drop to 4-8-1 on the season. Junior Camerone Giancaterino scored the lone goal for the K-Kids.
Following successful runs in 2014 and 2015, the popular Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party at SteelStacks will return in 2018 to showcase all the action from World Cup Russia on the giant outdoor screens at SteelStacks.
And, to help the region get pumped for next year’s World Cup action, the community is invited to gather at SteelStacks later this week to cheer the U.S. Men’s National Team on to victory as it fights to earn a spot in soccer’s premier tourney.
The Northampton girls varsity tennis team is closing out the 2017 season with the same spirit they have kept throughout their schedule - focusing on the positive.
On Friday, the team’s number-four doubles team of seniors Liz Moore and Shannon Reinhard claimed a bronze medal in the East Penn Conference tournament.
The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.
In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season continues to reel.
The recent heat wave that hit the Lehigh Valley made it tough for some of the fall athletes who are used to crisper temperatures at this time of the season. The Northampton field hockey team found that out as Emmaus was able to grind them down and pick up a 5-0 win recently.
“We gave it our all for the 60-minutes. I feel that the second half, their depth beat our depth,” explained coach Carrie Saul. “We were starting to let the heat get to us and were spreading our lines more and we didn’t attack the ball like we did in the first half and they took advantage of that.”
Whitehall defeated Northampton in volleyball recently by scores of 25-13, 25-17, 26-24.
The Kids were led by Sydney Heffner who had 17 assists and Krystal Heffelfinger who added 11 kills.
Northampton JV beat Nazareth JV 2-1
The girls hung with a very good Nazareth team who won in three sets 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
Maria Harding had 15 kills, 13 digs and two aces while Abby Orth added 14 digs and four aces for the Eagles.
Emily Quinn had 25 assists and 14 digs while Sam Wegner had nine kills, seven digs and two aces.
The Northampton girls varsity soccer team split their scheduled games this week with a 6-0 win against East Stroudsburg on Friday and a 2-0 loss to Whitehall on Monday.
Despite the recent loss, the team stands at 8-4-1 overall, and according to head coach Chaz Saul, “they have come a long way since last year.”
The turnabout of this relatively young team with only six senior players on the roster was spurred by two factors. The first is, as Saul said, “finding their offense.”
Suburban Dart League
Salem Luth 10 2 .833
Christ UCC 8 4 .667
Salem UCC 6 3 .667
Messiah 5 4 .556
St. Paul’s 6 6 .500
Farmersville 6 6 .500
Dryland 4 5 .444
Emmanuel 4 5 .444
Ebenezer 5 7 .417
St. Stephens 2 7 .222
Bath Lutheran 1 8 .111
Christ UCC (8-1, 5-4, 5-3 10in) at Dryland
C - Ed Yost 7-13, Ron Wagner 6-14, Garry Hunsicker 6-14, Dave Shaver 5-14, Eric Yocum HR.
D - Bernie Yurko 6-13, Al Gilbert 5-14, Paul Jacoby 3-8.
Salem Luth (5-4, 4-3) at
Northampton had plenty of scoring opportunities in its Sept. 29 contest against Nazareth, but a series of unfortunate first half mistakes ultimately led to a 48-13 loss at Al Erdosy Stadium.
Nazareth took a 6-0 lead on the game’s first possession after a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Harris to Jahan Dotson.
The K-Kids tied the game at 6-6 following Tyrese Brandon’s two-yard touchdown run that was set up by Aiden Jones’ interception. Northampton intercepted Harris three times in the first half, but struggled to capitalize on its opportunities.
The boys and girls teams continued their winning ways on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Easton High School.
Both teams went 2-1 on the day bringing the girls record to 8-4 and the boys record to 7-5. Both teams beat East Stroudsburg North, the girls won 15-50 while the boys won 16-48. Likewise, they both beat East Stroudsburg South, the girls winning 15-48 and the boys 15-48. Stroudsburg did beat the Kids in both meets though.
The girls have been led all season long by a strong threesome or Georgia Wiswesser, Magen Perelli and Amber Poniktera, and that continued Tuesday.