The Freedom Patriots scored a 2-0 soccer victory over Northampton last week, but arguably as impressive was their 1-0 loss to the undefeated Parkland Trojans.
"We fought real hard. It was sad we couldn't get the win. Baidy [Ba] almost knocked a shot in early. I was proud of the way we played," said Freedom defender, Patrick Eaton.
The Patriots held the Trojans scoreless for the first half and for most of the second.
The Liberty Hurricanes aren't going to take it anymore.
Coming off a recent loss to Freedom and a tie with Central Catholic, the Hurricanes are planning to take charge of the rest of the 2012 soccer season.
Last week, Liberty scored eight goals in a shutout against Dieruff.
"The goals are good. It showed we can score, but we were more impressed by the way we moved the ball. We weren't chasing it, but we were controlling it and moving as a team," said Liberty defender, Ian Larimer.
A double overtime victory for Freedom's girls soccer team gave the Patriots the confidence they were looking for in a 2-1 win over Wilson last week.
"It was the best we played all year. We definitely connected a lot more. We definitely understood the passing of the game. It wasn't just a kick and run kind of thing," said midfielder, Molly Magnan.
Magnan had the assist on the winning goal, scored by Carli Markle.
"We got a corner, and I crossed it in, and then she took the shot. It was right outside the 18," Magnan said.
At that point, only 50 seconds remained.
In the three-way battle of the neighboring rivals, Bethlehem Catholic's tennis team topped both Freedom and Liberty last week.
Most recently, the Hawks outplayed the Patriots, 5-2.
"It felt really good because they are one of our major competitors," said Becahi's Ally Setcavage.
Freedom won its matches at number one and number two singles, as Flannery Johnston defeated Mara Blanchard, 6-3, 6-2, and Federica Maranzana defeated Nina Kopy, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Becahi won at the number three singles spot where Allison Barczynski defeated Elizabeth McCarthy, 6-1, 6-0.
Bethlehem Catholic's cross country team traveled to Whitehall last week to open the regular season.
Three of Becahi's girls placed in the top 20, despite losing to Parkland, 15-48, and Whitehall, 28-30.
Kassi Yocco finished in sixth place, Olivia Zemanek finished in 14th place, and Cecelia Zemanek finished in 16th for the Hawks.
"The start was a slight hill, but the hills kept getting steeper and steeper," said Olivia Zemanek. "I ran with Cecelia the whole time."
The sisters, who are identical twins, typically run together in every meet.
Freedom and Liberty's boys cross country teams scored two opening season victories over Emmaus and Central Catholic last week.
Freedom's Chris Kelly won the race in 17:17 as the Patriots defeated the Hornets, 15-48, and the Vikings, 20-41.
Freedom's Daniel Quigley took second place in 17:24. Ben Ziegler placed fifth, Robbie Bogardo placed seventh, Jason Lopez placed eighth, Doo Park came in tenth, and Thomas Salerno came in 11th, all for the Patriots.
Liberty's Alex Fitch took fourth place as the Hurricanes defeated the Hornets, 20-40, and the Vikings, 24-34.
It's been awhile.
Last Tuesday, in a much looked forward to soccer match between Freedom and Liberty, it was the Patriots who came out on top, shutting out the Hurricanes 3-0 under the lights at BASD Stadium for the first time in several years.
"It just feels great. We just did what we usually do- technical stuff," said Baidy Ba, who scored the third goal for the Patriots with 11:11 left in the game.
Freshman, Stephan Gaber scored the other two goals, one in the first half and one halfway through the second.
Bethlehem Catholic's tennis team survived a close match with Emmaus last week, defeating the Hornets, 4-3.
"We get pretty excited [about Emmaus] every year because it's a bigger school, and they're always tough for us," said Allison Barczynski, the Hawks' number three singles player.
Barczynski won the only three-set match of the day, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
"There was a lot of pressure to win because Mara [Blanchard] lost, and I wasn't sure what the doubles would do," Barczynski said.
Revenge was sweet for Liberty last Friday when the Hurricanes defeated Easton, 2-1.
"Easton is always a good game. It was nice getting the win," said Sean McIntyre, recalling Liberty's late-in-the-season, 3-2 loss to the Red Rovers last year. "We really didn't know what to expect because they lost Gabe Robinson [to graduation] and had some different kids this year."
Tressor Butoyi scored for the Hurricanes in the first period on an assist by McIntyre, as did Matt Semanick for the Red Rovers on an assist by Sean Davis.
With Freedom's singles players scoring victories over their opponents from Nazareth last Wednesday, the Patriots would need one doubles team to step up, allowing Freedom to clinch a 4-3 win over the Blue Eagles.
In a three-set match, Freedom's Elizabeth McCarthy and Lizzy Nottmeier defeated Nazareth's Megan Parsons and Mihkayla Stefanik, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.