On Friday, the Lady Panthers played host to the Danville Ironmen. Danville, who are out of PIAA’s District IV, entered this matchup against the Panthers with a 15-2 record. Their two losses were by a combined six goals. The Ironmen fell 16-11 to Trinity (Camp Hill) on March 30th. They also dropped an 11-10 heartbreaker to Lake Lehman on April 16th. The Lady Ironmen were accustomed to scoring 20 goals per game and giving up only five. On paper, it looked as if this would be a competitive test for the Panthers.
Saucon Valley got on the scoreboard first. About two minutes into the game the Panthers Katherine Naiburg converted with a little hesitation move where she faked a shot, slid to her left and fired for the score.
Danville answered a little over a minute later, but the Panthers put together a four-goal burst. Siobhan Coakley started the Panther run with an empty-net free start. The Ironman keeper was called for a foul allowing Coakley the easy score. A couple of scores by Kiele Riefenstahl and another by Maria Donahue gave the Panthers a 5-1 lead with 16:50 left to play in the first half.
The Ironmen made good on a free start to make it a 5-2 game, but Saucon Valley shot right back with five consecutive goals. Maria Donahue, Brooke Riefenstahl, Kiele Riefenstahl, Megan Kane and Katie Marker all chipped in with scores that extended the Panther lead to 10-2 with 10:55 remaining in the half.
Danville found the back of the net again to make the score 10-3 at the 7:40 mark. But, four unanswered goals by Saucon Valley’s Megan Kane, Siobhan Coakley, Katherine Naiburg and Emerson Shauger closed out the first half. Naiburg’s goal, off a great feed from Kerry Lannon, set the mercy-rule clock into motion with 2:49 left in the 1st half. Shauger’s score, as the the clock ticked down, made it 14-3 at the halftime break.
With the mercy-rule already activated to start the second half, the Panthers showed no sympathy. Only :23 seconds after intermission Katherine Naiburg found Kiele Riefenstahl open in front of the Danville goal and threaded a pass in to her. Riefenstahl turned and scored on a bouncer to put the Panthers up 15-3.
The Lady Ironmen found net at 21:20, but Saucon Valley’s Camryn Zavacky beat the Danville net-keeper with a laser into the top shelf of the goal. Danville responded with another score at 17:53, however, Zavacky, Maria Donahue and Siobhan Coakley answered for the Panthers to close out the game. Saucon Valley finished with a 19-5 victory over the Danville Ironmen.
Panther Net-Flicks: Kiele Riefenstahl (4 goals), Siobhan Coakley (3 goals) and Maria Donahue (3 goals) led the Saucon scorers. Megan Kane, Katherine Naiburg, and Camryn Zavacky each scored twice. Katie Marker, Brooke Riefenstahl and Emerson Shauger each chipped in a point for the Panthers.
UP NEXT: Saucon Valley (15-1) has earned the top seed in the upcoming 2019 District XI tournament and will most likely play #4 Moravian Academy in a semifinal matchup a week from Monday (5/20) at Emmaus High School. #2 Southern Lehigh will square off against #3 Allentown Central Catholic in the other semifinal. The winners of each semifinal will then play at DeSales University to determine the District XI champion.
Good luck Panthers, the Source is with you!