Tigers, Raiders, Olympians get boys soccer wins
MIKE FEIFEL/TIMES NEWS Northwestern's Keegan Coffield (left) gets his foot on the ball as Northern Lehigh's Dan Fine (21) and the Togers' Brandon Herb (11) move in. Northwestern went on to win the contest by a 6-0 score.
Northwestern, Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe came away with boys soccer wins against area rivals over the weekend.
The Tigers scored three goals in each half of play, as they handed Northern Lehigh a 6-0 loss in Colonial League action.
Leigham Breckenridge, Matthew Strickland, Keegan Coffield, Brandon Herb, Brandon Ettl, and Daniel Hallingstad all scored a goal for Northwestern, who outshot the Bulldogs 17-3 in the game.
Nolehi's Nate Rex had 11 saves in goal.
With a slight 2-1 lead at intermission, Palmerton and Tamaqua battled throughout the second half, before the Bombers pulled out a 5-4 non-league win over the Blue Raiders.
In a game that saw Palmerton outshoot their opponents, 14-9, Austin Shupp recorded two goals and an assist in the winning effort. Teammate Devon Santos had two assists and a goal, while Josh Rehrig and Rio Kapur each scored a sole goal, as well for the winners.
Meanwhile, Josh Delp proved to be tough, scoring a hat trick for Tamaqua, and adding an assist to Riley McHugh, in the losing effort.
Rich Roselli's had five saves for the Blue Bombers. Tamaqua's Dylan Rinkiewicz's nine saves.
The Olympians used two goals in each half to down the Wreckers 4-0.
Steve Principe recorded the two first half scores, while Jeremy Annan and teammate Anthony Pavia scored once each in the second. Jorge Macerano, Principe and Annan all added assists for the winners, as well.
Nick Miller and Jake Stover teamed up to have four saves on the day for Weatherly, while Matt Miller had five for Jim Thorpe.
The Olympians held a 31-7 edge in shots on goal.
Nazareth got the best of Northern Lehigh for a 2-0 non-conference victory.
Lauren Resh and Lara Heckman scored the goals for the Blue Eagles.
The Bulldogs' keeper Chelsea Harlan finished with 10 saves on the night.
No. Lehigh-LV Christian
Northern Lehigh used three first half goals to post a 3-1 non-conference victory over Lehigh Valley Christian.
Darby Pender, Tiffany Yesik and Lexie Merkle recorded all three of the Bulldogs' scores, while Maddie Ligenza was credited with the assist on Pender's goal.
The Bulldogs' keeper Brooke Seyler grabbed two saves.
Northern Lehigh improves to 2-3 overall on the season.
The Lady Raiders proved to be too much for Palmerton, as they prevailed 4-1 in a non-league game.
Rachel Jones, Lynn Kistler, Monika Shimko and Morgan Boyle all scored goals for the winners and all were unassisted.
Monica Wood scored on a penalty kick for the Lady Bombers in the second half.
Palmerton actually held a 11-8 advantage in shots on goal, but had problems finding the back of the net, as Tamaqua goalkeeper Carly Sassaman had eight saves
The Lady Bears' Dana McAllister scored a goal in the second half, which proved to be the game-winner, as Pleasant Valley defeated Salisbury, 1-0.
Pleasant Valley held a 13-2 edge in shots on goal. Salisbury's Jordan Kamp had nine saves.
Both teams now move to 4-1 overall, and are 2-0 in their respective leagues.
Nazareth escaped with a close 4-3 non-conference win over visiting Pleasant Valley.
Madison Olexson notched a singles' play victory for the Bears, while the tandems of Ashley Coleman/Olexson and Emily Borger/Andrea Nale recorded doubles' play wins.
Pleasant Valley slips to 3-2 overall on the season.
Nazareth 4, Pleasant Valley 3
Madison Olexson (PV) def. Victoria Steinberger 6-1, 6-3; Mikayla Stefanik (N) def. Emily Thek 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Alison Smith (N) def. Ashley Coleman 6-0, 6-0.
Coleman/Olexson (PV) def. Smith/Madison Stewart 8-1 proset; Natalie Bono/Megan Parsons (N) def. Mackie Caffrey/Sarina Tufano 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Amber Achenbach/Julianna Mitchel (N) def. Amanda Hoag/Monica Jarog 6-0, 6-1; Emily Borger/Andrea Nale (PV) def. Leah Colussi/Hannah Madden -2, 7-5.
The Blue Eagles and Lady Raiders battled pretty evenly throughout their non-league match, before Blue Mountain squeezed out a 3-2 win.
Tamaqua's number three singles player, Carly Fenstermacher and number two doubles tandem of Emma Osenbach and Maddie Davis were victorious.
Blue Mountain 3, Tamaqua 2
Aubrey Abel (BM) def. Sarah Zoba 6-1, 6-2; Julia Hahn (BM) def. Maddie Dolinsky 6-4, 6-4; Carly Fenstermacher (T) def. Lauren Haupt 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Alexa Hahn/Lucia Field (BM) def. Beth Kistler/Allison Pederson 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Emma Osenbach/Maddie Davis (T) def. Sam Ross/Natalie Koury 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Weatherly, Panther Valley-North Schuylkill Invite
Panther Valley went 2-0-1 in 'pool play' to be able to play in the playoffs. Once there, the Panthers knocked off Millersburg 25-23 to advance to the championship. There the momentum was stolen by Shamokin as it knocked off the Panthers for a 25-8 win to capture the North Schuylkill Invite title.
Jessica Wiese led the Panthers' attack with 25 service points, 16 digs, 11 kills and five aces, while Kelsey Van Horn followed with 25 assists and 24 service points.
Teammates Jamey Mikovich (22 kills, 12 digs), Richelle Van Horn (16 assist, 12 service points, 10 kills) and Macey Markovich (11 service points, three aces) contributed to the fine effort.
Pleasant Valley Classic
Pleasant Valley went undefeated through the 'pool play' stage, and eventually went on to win its own Invitational, after an eight year drought.
The past two years saw the Lady Bears take second in the Classic.
They defeated Abington Heights, Mount Olive, MAST (Philadelphia), and Central Bucks East in straight sets in the pool play. They moved on to the semifinals, where they downed Archbishop Pendergast, 25-18, 25-9. Then, in the final, they swept through a hard-fought 28-26, 25-14 win to take the title.
Mackenzie Dorney had 49 digs, 18 kills and 11 aces on the day, Courtney Miller finished with 22 kills and 13 blocks, while fellow senior Ashley Rivera had 30 digs, 28 kills and four aces.
Kiersten Griesback also contributed with 44 assists, 13 digs, five kills and four aces.