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.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team celebrated senior night with a 3-1 victory over Allen on Friday at Becahi.
Jacob Manhardt scored two goals for the Hawks and Nathan Estock scored one.
Trent Talipan and Daniel DeLuca were credited with assists.
Jackson Gilstrap made 13 saves for Becahi.
The Hawks also beat Dieruff last week, 7-4.
Estock had a hat trick against the Huskies. Jacob Sledz, Talipan, Manhardt, and Rece Martin also scored.
Assists were made by Gilstrap, Rafael SanJuan, DeLuca, Jordan Troxell, Peter Martinez, and Manhardt.
October and November traditionally trigger trout and salmon migrations into Lake Ontario and Lake Erie tributaries where local anglers make the trek to experience some of the best trout and salmon fishing in North America.
Chinook and Coho salmon runs in Lake Ontario tributaries generally begin in mid-September and continue through early November. Steelhead begin their tributary runs in earnest in both these Great Lakes in mid-October, and provide fishing excitement through springtime.
Liberty desperate to turn things around
Liberty might be looking at a daunting task ahead of them, but the Hurricanes have been down this road before.
Off to a 2-5 start following last week’s defeat to Nazareth, the chances for a district berth look bleak, but if recent memory can serve a purpose, Liberty’s faithful can only look at last year’s turnaround as proof that John Truby’s troops can right the ship.
The Hurricanes were 2-5 at this point of the season a year ago and parlayed three game win streak to end the regular season into qualifying for the postseason.
Liberty’s golf team will take four golfers and also compete as a team in the upcoming PIAA District 11 tournament Oct. 7 at Steel Club in Hellertown.
Joey Altemose fired a 70 and Ryan Evans carted a 87 at Old Homestead Monday to advance to the championship.
He will join Jimmy Barker and Ryan Vital who previously qualified through the East Penn Conference (EPC) tournament. As a team, Liberty finished second at the EPC tournament. As a result of Moravian Academy winning the Colonial League title, the ’Canes were able to notch a district spot.
The playoffs are in play for every Bethlehem school heading into the final two weeks of the season, as Liberty (10-1), Freedom (10-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (9-2) have all secured volleyball berths in the District 11 tournament.
It might be the best run during the regular season for all three schools, which will only heat up this week when the Hurricanes take on the Golden Hawks in a key EPC showdown.