Momentum is something that Liberty’s field hockey team is hoping they can continue heading into this week.
After losing to Emmaus 12-0 on September 12, the Hurricanes have won five out of their last six matches heading into Monday’s 8-0 victory over Whitehall and hope that trend continues into this week’s slate of games.
After losing to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 last week, Liberty answered with a 1-0 win over Parkland and a 5-3 victory at Nazareth.
Bethlehem Catholic looked like a team ready to challenge for the East Penn Conference title last week, following their 41-7 victory over Liberty Friday night.
Sparked by their electric offense, the Hawks outgained Liberty 495-to-142 with a barrage of big plays and a sterling performance by Hawks’ quarterback Javon Clements.
A pair of Bethlehem Catholic senior athletes recently announced their decisions to attend Division-I programs.
Basketball star Ryan Young is heading to Northwestern to play in the Big 10, while Zach Glenn has decided to wrestle at Army.
Getting a win in East Penn Conference football is a goal every week and that’s what Freedom was able to do in last week’s 26-13 home victory over Northampton.
The win pushed Freedom to 3-1 on the season and that was the most important take-away for head coach Jason Roeder.
“There’s plays where we can see how good we can be, but the attention to detail is missing a little bit,” said Roeder. “Moving forward we can’t expect to be as successful by making mistakes. It wasn’t always pretty at times, but give Northampton credit for that. They’re a much improved football team.”
You can say that the start to Liberty’s field hockey season has been challenging to say the least.
The Hurricanes had their first two games postponed and had to endure a 12-0 loss to Emmaus last week.
They followed that up with a 13-0 shutout over Pocono Mountain West and a 7-0 win over Freedom last Saturday.
But then they fell to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 on Monday, leaving the team still looking for the right answers.
Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.
In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.
With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?
This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.
1. Parkland (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.
Liberty’s volleyball team has been taking down undefeated teams in successive fashion as of late, but the Hurricanes fell victim to that fate on Monday night.
Liberty (5-1) lost in four games to Nazareth (7-0), giving them first blemish of the season, after knocking off previously undefeated Whitehall and Emmaus last week.
It was a test of grit and resiliency on Saturday night for Bethlehem Catholic and Hawks answered against Nazareth in resounding fashion.
Trailing 20-13 at halftime against the Blue Eagles, Becahi exploded in the second half, outscoring Nazareth 38-7 en route to a 51-27 victory.
Matt Bisko poured in three rushing scores on the night and Tavion Banks added 200 yards of total offense (149 rushing) and two touchdowns to pace Becahi to a 4-0 start to the season.
We head into week four of the football season the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
It’s been a slow start to the field hockey season for area teams, as games have been backlogged due to postponements last week.
Liberty (1-0) headed into this week with just a lone 4-1 win over Easton up to date, while Freedom (1-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (1-2) were both sitting behind the .500 mark.
Liberty should get a full week coming up, starting with yesterday’s biggest league tilt against Emmaus (4-0) before hosting Pocono Mountain West (0-5) on Thursday and Freedom Saturday afternoon.