After just missing a district playoff berth last season, Bethlehem Catholic's girls soccer team not only made districts this year, but won its first district playoff game in school history with a 4-0 victory over Notre Dame East Stroudsburg last Thursday.
"We are so happy. It's been frustrating the last few years," said Becahi forward, Brighde Foley.
Under first-year head coach, Chris Bastidas, the Hawks scored the first goal of the game in the last three minutes of the first half.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls soccer team scored a 5-0 victory over Freedom last week, and for the first time in several years, beat both the Patriots and Liberty twice in the same season. They also clinched a District 11 playoff berth Monday afternoon.
"We like to win against people in our own city," said Becahi forward, Brighde Foley.
Foley scored two goals against the Patriots, Mackenzie Bento scored two goals, and Abby Guman scored one.
Foley's first goal came in the first half on an assist from Guman.
Freedom's boys cross country team protected its perfect season record with victories over Liberty, Allen, and Dieruff last week.
Freedom senior cross country runner, Robbie Bogardo, said, "It's amazing. Our cross country team has never done that well. It's unreal."
The Patriots topped the Hurricanes, 15-48, the Huskies, 15-50, and the Canaries, 15-50.
"We lost two of our best runners from last year, and we had a lot of kids come out of nowhere, and they've really excelled and supported the team. It's awesome," said Bogardo.
When Liberty defender, Ian Larimer, prepared for his penalty kick against Easton last week, the Hurricane senior experienced a case of deja vu.
Earlier this season, a penalty kick by Larimer resulted in a 2-1 victory over the Red Rovers. Last week, Larimer's kick resulted in the same score and ultimately, another victory over Easton.
"I had a feeling this keeper would remember, and he started to edge toward one side, so I went the other way," said Larimer. "I got mobbed."
The penalty involved Liberty's Ryan Santoro who had the ball and was hauled down from behind.
Bethlehem Catholic's Mara Blanchard and Nina Kopy took fourth place at the District 11 Class AA Doubles Tennis Championships on Monday at West End Racquet Club in Allentown.
Blanchard and Kopy, who are singles players during the regular season, were the sixth seed out of 32 doubles pairs.
In the first round last Thursday, Blanchard and Kopy defeated Allentown Central Catholic's Josie Airoldi and Beth Digiacomo, 6-1, 6-3. In the second round, the Becahi duo defeated Moravian Academy's Arden Ashford and Priya Atiyeh, 6-3, 6-2.
Prior to Federica Maranzana's final in the LVC Tennis Tournament last week, the Freedom junior knew that whether she played Avery McCall from Northampton or Colleen Wylie from Parkland, it would be a good match.
At the time, Maranzana had no idea that McCall had just defeated Wylie in a 7-5 tiebreak.
Maranzana said, "I'm excited because last year I got to the final."
This year, Maranzana won the final, 10-3, and LVC gold at number three singles.
Becahi's Nina Kopy, Emily Hozza, and Alex Madison won bronze at the LVC Tennis Championships at Parkland.
Kopy took third at two singles, and Hozza and Madison took third at four doubles.
"I was excited and a little nervous. I kept trying to be aggressive and avoid making my own mistakes," said Kopy.
After a first-round bye, Kopy defeated Central's Josie Airoldi, 8-0.
Since last year's LVC Tennis Tournament, Bethlehem Catholic's Julia Atiyeh and Taylor Treadwell have been on a win streak at number two doubles, and clinched their second gold medal at this year's LVC tournament after defeating Northampton's Maureen Weaver and Leah Hodge, 10-8, last Monday.
"It's more for the team, winning it for the team more than ourselves," said Atiyeh.
The Becahi duo knew the Nothampton pair would give them their toughest challenge.
The Freedom Patriot girls cross country team just missed a victory over Whitehall with one point separating the two teams last week.
Even though the Patriots lost to the Zephyrs, 28-29, Freedom's Shaina Palmer clinched first place in 19:16. Parkland won the next four spots, followed by a runner from Whitehall.
"They [Parkland] started in a big pack, and I just stayed up there with them, never letting go," said Palmer. "Going up the back, I knew I had to fight through it, and she [Nicole Albertson of Parkland] fell off."
Albertson finished in second place in 19:30.
Liberty and Freedom closed out their tennis seasons on the courts of the Hurricanes, where Liberty won, 5-2.
"It was pretty awesome. We have eight seniors, and we've been together since freshman year. It was bittersweet," said Liberty's number two doubles player, Lizzie Peters.
Freedom won two singles' matches as Flannery Johnston defeated Kaitlyn John, 6-2, 6-3 at number one, and Josie Airoldi defeated Nicole Correll, 6-0, 6-1 at number three.
Liberty won at number two singles as Samantha Peterson defeated Kayleigh DiNoto, 6-2, 6-2.