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.
When you're sitting with a 1-6 record in mid-October, you have more problems to deal with other than X's and O's. That's exactly the dilemma Joe Henrich is dealing with as Bethlehem Catholic's football team suffered through another defeat last week at the hands of Nazareth during a 30-0 loss.
With Parkland (5-2) on the agenda this week for the Hawks, facing the hottest team in the district isn't what the doctor ordered, but it's what the Hawks have to deal with.
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.
A late fourth quarter drive for Emmaus in the game's final moments capped off a string of 19-unanswered points to put the Hornets (4-3 overall; 3-3 in LVC) up 22-21 against Liberty (1-6 overall; 1-5 in LVC) during last Friday night's contest at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The Hornets took their first lead of the game since leading 3-0 in the first quarter off a touchdown pass with just 48.8 seconds remaining, and the momentum had suddenly swung away from the Hurricanes.
But the Hurricanes never lost hope with just under a minute to play.
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.
Colin McDermott of Central Catholic rushed for 289 yards against Liberty to take the area lead with 1,131 yards for the season. McDermott now has 61 career touchdowns (tied with Dan Tavani of Notre Dame) to put him in 16th place in the area. He is 3 TDs behind school record holder Rashonn Drayton, who scored 64 from 1992-94. McDermott moves up four spots on the all-area list to 15th place with 4,311 yards. He moved by Darren Mason (Lib), Jonathan Linton (Catty), Brett Snyder (NW) and Matt Thomas (Park).
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.
As the season continues to dwindle down to its final weeks, it still doesn't feel like things are settled with the big boys of the Lehigh Valley Conference. The top four teams in the poll appear to only real contenders for the district crown, but Parkland's emerging dominance appears to be superior of anyone around.
On the flip side, Catasauqua is riding their way into a possible undefeated season, while Stroudsburg jumps back into the poll because there's nobody else worthy of a spot.
Yes, I was pulling at straws this week to fill out a worthy poll, but here it is!
It'll be another notch in Liberty's field hockey belt this week when they take part in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs, but what will it mean in the end?
Hopefully for the Hurricanes, it means another step toward chasing a championship this season.
The 'Canes (12-5-1) took on Northampton in yesterday's LVC semifinals, which are past our Press deadlines, but Mary Kathryn Omdahl's side hopes they can reach their first ever conference championship after making their first ever league playoff tournament.