The Lady Panthers are back on a roll. After falling to Freedom on April 18, Saucon Valley has now won three straight games. During that three-game stretch the Panthers have outscored their opponents by a 57-19 advantage. On Thursday, Saucon Valley defeated Moravian Academy 16-6.
It wasn’t the best of starts for Saucon Valley. They did get a few chances early on, but they could not close the deal on a score. The Lions, however, were able to break through for the opening goal a little over two minutes into the game at the 22:48 mark.
One minute later, ‘Battle-Kat’ Naiburg made good on a low-liner into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to even things up. Moravian Academy answered only fifteen seconds later. With 21:31 to go in the 1st half Moravian was back on top 2-1.
Saucon Valley hit a little burst of offensive productivity. First Kat Naiburg assisted Cam Zavacky at 16:25. The favor was quickly returned at 16:08 when Cam assisted Kat. For good measure Kiele Riefenstahl scored off a free start to extend the Panther lead to 4-2 with 14:39 remaining.
It was early in the game and Moravian Academy still had some life in them. The Lions battled back with a score at 12:57. However, Saucon was just getting warmed up. Six different Panthers scored six goals over the next nine minutes of play. Zavacky, Naiburg and Kiele Riefenstahl were joined by Maria Donahue, Katie Marker and Siobhan Coakley as the Panthers exploded for a 10-3 lead to take control of the game.
Moravian did not quit and scored with :21 seconds remaining in the half, but that still left enough time for Camryn Zavacky and the Panthers to get one more. Saucon quickly worked to get possession and went on the attack when Zavacky raced across the face of the goal and hit a beautifully executed backhand scoop shot that beat the goalkeeper to her stick side with only nine seconds left on the 1st half clock. The Panthers would take an 11-4 lead into the halftime break and refuel.
In the first minute of the 2nd half Kat Naiburg got the Panthers out of the gates with a goal off a free start. Moravian answered at 22:57, but Saucon Valley responded with four unanswered goals from Camryn Zavacky, Brooke Riefenstahl (2), and Emerson Shauger. Riefenstahl’s second goal of the half at the 16:33 mark made the score 15-5 and activated the mercy-rule clock due to the ten goal differential.
Moravian Academy did score following Shauger’s goal, but it was too little too late. The Saucon Valley Panthers defeated the Moravian Academy Lions 16-6.
Panther Net-Flicks: Katherine Naiburg and Camryn Zavacky led the Panthers with four goals each. Brooke and Kiele Riefenstahl each scored twice. Siobhan Coakley, Maria Donahue, Katie Marker and Emerson Shauger all added a point for the Panthers.
UP NEXT: The Panthers (9-1) will reload for a rematch with the Lions (2-6). Saucon will travel to Moravian Academy on Tuesday, April 30. This contest is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
Good luck Panthers, the Source is with you!
About This Series: Andrew & Sonya Hughes of Hellertown are sponsoring girls sports coverage on Saucon Source to help recognize the achievements of female high school athletes in Saucon Valley, and in tribute to their own daughters, who were both stand-out student-athletes at their high school, where they played softball, soccer, basketball and field hockey. Between the two of them they earned 14 high school varsity letters. “Female athletics was a big part of our family life for many years, but that journey ended at the high school level six years ago,” Andrew Hughes says. “Through those amazing experiences we also noticed that females don’t seem to have the same level of exposure and support as their male counterparts. So we are very sensitive to situations where we perceive an imbalance of exposure of female student athlete participation in competitive high school sports. We also like to encourage greater involvement of young people in athletics. We would like to help the girls gain more exposure at your news source by adopting some girls high school teams.” Saucon Source thanks Andrew & Sonya Hughes for their generous support of local girls high school athletics.