After making the trek north to the Wilkes Barre area and leaving with a 20-2 win over the Crestwood Comets on Thursday, the Saucon Valley Lady Panthers returned home for what figured to be a tight competition against the Emmaus Green Hornets on Saturday. The proud Lady Hornets were looking to secure a winning season while the Panthers are trying to hold on to the #1 seed in the upcoming District XI tournament. The stage was set for a classic.
After a couple of early Audrey Holland saves, Saucon Valley hit the Lady Hornets with a trio of goals. Siobhan Coakley tallied the first Panther goal when she took a feed from Katherine Naiburg and scored. Coakley made a slick move to set the Emmaus goalie up when she faked high and then shot low for the score. Soon after Coakley’s clever goal Katherine Naiburg added a couple of her own. On both scores Naiburg skillfully received passes on the fly as she cut hard toward the crease and scored. Camryn Zavacky and Kiele Riefenstahl were credited with the assists to Naiburg. It was early in the game but with 19:43 left in the 1st half, Saucon Valley led 3-0.
The Green Hornets got on the scoreboard a little over a minute later, but the Panthers answered right back with a couple more scores. With Audrey Holland and the Panther defense stepping up with some great stops, Saucon Valley’s Katie Marker and Camryn Zavacky lit the lamp for a 5-1 lead at the 15:38 mark.
Emmaus decided they wanted to keep it close and battled back for a goal to make the score 5-2, but Saucon Valley began to crank up their offensive pressure. Kiele Riefenstahl, Brooke Riefenstahl, Megan Kane, Camryn Zavacky (2) and Katherine Naiburg all combined for scores that turned up the heat on the Hornets. In just seven minutes of play the Panthers pounced to make the score 11-2.
The Lady Hornets did manage another score with 3:17 left to play in the 1st half, but Saucon Valley’s defense was solid. Sophomore Katie Marker added another point for the Panthers with :10 seconds left to give Saucon Valley a 12-3 lead at the intermission.
Like the first half, Saucon Valley scored the first three goals of the second half. Katherine Naiburg got things started with a no-look, over-the-shoulder shot that made the score 13-3 which activated the mercy-rule. Naiburg’s goal was followed by a couple more Panther scores from Maria Donahue and Camryn Zavacky. With 20:25 left in the game, Saucon led 15-3.
Emmaus managed to score at 18:08, but the Lady Panthers answered with a five-goal run. Kimmy Polefka made good off a free-start while Maria Donahue (2), Brooke Riefenstahl, and Camryn Zavacky finished the scoring for the Panthers. The Green Hornets had the last say with a couple of late scores, but when time expired it ended up being a dominant 20-6 victory for Saucon Valley.
Panther Net-Flicks: Camryn Zavacky led the Panthers with her five goals. Katherine Naiburg (4 goals) and Maria Donahue (3 goals) both had strong games for Saucon. Brooke Riefenstahl and Katie Marker each scored twice. Siobhan Coakley, Kiele Riefenstahl, Megan Kane and Kimmy Polefka each added a goal for the Panthers. Saucon Valley goalkeeper, Audrey Holland is unofficially credited with twelve quality saves.
UP NEXT: The Lady Panthers (12-1) will prepare to defend their home turf in a clash with the the Nazareth Blue Eagles (7-9) on Monday, May 6. Don’t let the Lady Eagles record fool you, they have dropped a few close games to a few very tough teams. This contest is scheduled to start at 4:30 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.