The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.
Liberty saw its six-game winning streak come to an end last week following a 6-1 defeat to Emmaus. Losing to Emmaus in field hockey, of course, isn’t anything new to schools, but the Hurricanes will look to finish this week off strong before preparing for Saturday’s opening round of the EPC playoffs.
The Hurricanes (12-4, 11-4) should be able to lock up a top-five seed this week if they handle their business against East Stroudsburg South (4-11) and Freedom (5-12) in their final two regular season bouts this week.
Liberty number one singles player Veronica Lynn was a third place medalist at the District XI Class 3A Singles Tennis Championships, played last week at Parkland High School.
“I wanted to make it to finals, but overall, I felt good that I made it that far,” Lynn said. “[Coach Chris Conrad] said I did a good job, and it was a good result, being a freshman and making it that far.”
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Emmanuel 10 5 .667
Dryland 8 4 .667
Salem UCC 6 3 .667
Light of Christ 9 6 .600
Bath Luth 7 5 .583
Star of Beth 5 4 .556
Christ UCC 7 8 .467
St. Stephen’s 4 5 .444
Ebenezer 5 10 .333
St. Paul’s 4 8 .333
Farmersville 4 11 .267
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Star of Beth 8-6, 9-2, 3-6
C - George Gasper 7-11, Keith Laudenslager 6-15, Donnie Laudenslager HR.
SB - Scott Hoffert 8-14, Kyle Taylor 6-11, Tyler Frankenfield HR.
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Bethlehem area golfers competed in the District 11 golf tournament on Monday at the Steel Club.
With only six golfers able to advance to regionals, the Hurricanes were well represented as Matt Vital shot a 74 for third and Jimmy Barker a 75 to take fourth. Both are freshman golfers which says a lot about the Hurricane program going forward.
“I played pretty good on the front,” said Vital. “On the back nine, my putting was just off and missed a lot of short ones - short birdie putts.”
Freshman Zaythan Hill scored the go-ahead touchdown on a nine-yard run with 33 seconds remaining and the Lehigh defense capped a superb effort by stopping Colgate one yard short as the Mountain Hawks opened Patriot League play with their second consecutive win, a 21-14 triumph over the defending Patriot League champion Raiders in the league opener for both teams Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium.
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team won three consecutive games last week, defeating Allen, 7-1, Dieruff, 5-1, and Northwestern Lehigh, 1-0.
In the Hurricanes’ game against Northwestern Lehigh on Saturday, Catherine Kelly scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
In the Hurricanes’ game against Dieruff, Kathryn Wescoe scored two goals in the first half, and Lindsey Heffernan scored one. Heffernan scored again in the opening minutes of the second half, and Kelly scored Liberty’s last goal two minutes later.
Assists were made by Alanysse Solomon, Caitlin Ohl, and Wescoe.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s cross country teams competed against Whitehall, Emmaus, and Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday at Whitehall.
In boys’ team results, Becahi lost to Whitehall, 25-34, Emmaus, 15-49, and Central, 20-41. Freedom defeated Whitehall, 29-27, Central, 23-33, and lost to Emmaus, 22-37. Liberty defeated Whitehall, 18-45, Central, 23-32, and lost to Emmaus, 20-43.
With Easton proving it really wasn’t the top squad in the area, Freedom regains the top spot in this week’s poll. However, Nazareth is just as viable of a contender.
This week’s Becahi-Easton matchup will be telling for both schools, as it’s certainly the marquee bout of the week, while the Colonial League saw a shakeup with Northwestern downing Southern Lehigh.
Northampton keeps piling on points to lead the EPC North, but they’ll face Whitehall in two weeks to give them a taste of what they can do against the EPC South again.
With the volleyball regular season wrapping up this week, Freedom holds the cards to the EPC playoff picture.
The Patriots (13-2, 12-2) entered this week as the top-seed for the EPC tournament with three matches to go against Bethlehem Catholic, Easton and Liberty this week. With a win over Liberty (11-2, 11-2) already under their belt this season, Thursday’s regular season finale against the Hurricanes could be a huge match for league tournament seedings.