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.
Star of Beth 3 0 1.00
St. Stephens 2 1 .667
Bath Luth 2 1 .667
Dryland 2 1 .667
Ebenezer 2 1 .667
Emmanuel 1 2 .333
Light 1 2 .333
Farmersville 0 0 .000
St. Paul’s 0 0 .000
Salem UCC 0 0 .000
Christ UCC 0 3 .000
St. Stephen’s (6-3, 3-1) at Ebenezer (5-1)
SS - Art Oberrader 5-12, Allan Beahm, Gary Buczynski 5-13, Allen Antry 4-12, John Hoysan 4-13.
Eb - Steve Gountis 7-12, Dean Frear 5-13, Jim Voortman 4-12, Vic Pacchioni 4-13.
While weather conditions in Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ soccer scorebook said HOTTT last Tuesday, the Hawks plowed through to defeat Dieruff, 5-1.
Brooke Bisko scored the first three goals of the game, all in the first half.
“Emma Carreras fed the ball into me all three times. They were awesome balls and it was a good way to start the game,” Bisko said.
Kelby McNally scored next for the Hawks, also in the first half, and Dieruff’s Alana Gomez made the score 4-1 at halftime.
Betina Carasquilla and Megan Shiffert were in goal for the Hawks
The Freedom and Parkland football programs have played each other in some important games recently. The two teams have not only met during the middle of the regular season when a win propels that team to a postseason run and a loss damages that team’s aspirations of a conference crown, but they have also squared off in the District 11 6A final each of the last two years.