Freedom midfielders Benjamin Reich and Bryan Mora put the Patriots in good position by scoring a goal apiece in the first half of their game against Easton, but the Red Rovers’ Hunter Radowitch scored two goals of his own, and the game ended in a 2-2 tie after double overtime last Tuesday at Freedom.
“I think we could have done better,” said Mora. “I think that’s the reason why we let it go is because of [feeling too secure]. Our coach said we have to step to every ball first. We’ve got to come out hard.”
Freedom head coach Jason Roeder has been here before with undefeated starts to the football season. Following last week’s 49-28 road win at Nazareth, the Pates continued their trek to an undefeated first month of the season.
Sitting at 4-0 heading into this week’s matchup with Whitehall (1-3), Roeder has seen fast starts play out in the past, as the Pates started 7-0 in 2014 and 6-0 in 2015.
The difference in this year’s start compared to those is the quality of victories the team has been able to muster together thus far.
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Patriots move to the top of the poll with their impressive win over Parkland last week and have fully cemented themselves as the area’s best team through the first three weeks of the season.
Now the question is who can beat them?
Easton still lurks in the background, while Central Catholic jumped back in the poll.
Check out this week’s picks to see where each team stands.
1. Freedom (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
Pates are the area’s true number one team.
The Pick: Freedom 35 - Nazareth 17
2. Parkland (2-1)
The most anticipated archery deer hunting season kicks off this Saturday in Wildlife Management Areas 2B, 5C and 5D. The statewide archery deer season begins two weeks later on Sept. 29. Coincidentally, the early archery bear season also opens Sept. 15 in the same trio of WMUs.
But the primary pursuit is deer. And we do have an abundance of them. In fact, too many in certain areas.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team won its three matches, scoring victories over Salisbury, 5-0, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-0, and William Allen, 4-0.
In the Patriots’ game against Allen, Bradley Turocy had a hat trick, and Sebastian Garces scored Freedom’s other goal. Assists were made by Daniel Ramirez and Zachary Raffino.
Derek Bast was credited with the shutout and had three saves.
Last Friday against Becahi, Turocy had another hat trick. Also scoring for the Patriots were Tye Roemersma, Garces, and Jared Whitehorn.
John Truby took all the blame after the final whistle blew at BASD Stadium last Saturday night.
With Liberty battling Bethlehem Catholic on a rainy night, the Hurricanes special teams let the game slip through their hands.
Special teams miscues led to 24 points for the Hawks, as they bounced back from Liberty’s opening score and went on to cruise to a 45-16 victory.
It was a rebound win for the Hawks (2-1) after losing to Freedom the week before and it was the first taste of defeat of the season for Liberty (2-1).
Extreme weather changes during Liberty’s tennis match against Pleasant Valley threatened the outcome, but the Hurricanes were able to hang on and pull out a 4-2 victory over the Bears last week at Liberty.
“The tornado,” Sophia Carpenter laughed, “you would hit the ball, and it would start moving.”
Carpenter and three doubles partner Regan Gunn won their match after winning the first set easily, 6-1, losing the second set, 6-7, and winning the third, 10-5.
After taking care of business in the first week of the season, Freedom’s volleyball team is now ready for their first real test of their EPC schedule with Tuesday’s city rivalry contest with Bethlehem Catholic.
The Pates are off to 2-0 start after wins over Dieruff and Allen to start the year, but head coach Donna Roman knows the heat will turn up in their match against the Hawks (1-1).
Salem Hatungimana’s goal for Liberty in double overtime broke a 1-1 tie to lift the Hurricanes over Easton last week at Liberty.
“It felt amazing,” Hatungimana said. “I had to bring it to my right foot and curve it in with my right foot. If I would have used my left, I would have missed.”
The Red Rovers just missed scoring in the first overtime when Hurricane goalkeeper Blake Koski made a save off the top of his fingers.