Following two games away–a loss of 0-2 to Northwestern Lehigh (10-1 Colonial League, 14-1 overall) and a big 8-1 win over Wilson (1-6 Colonial League, 3-9 overall)–the Saucon Valley girls soccer team battled past the Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg Spartans, winning 2-0 on Thursday at home.
Exacting Panther Pressure, Saucon Valley’s junior center midfielder Sophia Riehl struck with a goal in the first few minutes of the game, which made the score 1-0 Panthers at half-time.
Then immediately into the second half, the Spartans bolted into Panther territory firing a threatening shot, shielded by junior keeper Jackie Barbera. In response, with 29:27 left to play, Riehl pulled the trigger and found the net again as the Panthers marched ahead by 2. Barbera and the battling Saucon Valley defense, led by seniors Lexi Guerrieri and Rachel Starr and flanked by sophomore Ava Albano and freshman stopper Camryn Gonsalves, pitched another shutout for a final score of 2-0.
“It was fun to play a team we haven’t competed against in years. They were physical and aggressive but we controlled the play most of the game. We need to work on capitalizing on the plethora of scoring opportunities we had. If we can do that we could become really dangerous in future games,” commented Coach Stevie Ochse on the match-up.
The Panthers play rival Southern Lehigh on the road on Saturday, Sept. 21. Junior Varsity is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and varsity at 1 p.m.
About This Series: Andrew & Sonya Hughes of Hellertown are sponsoring another season of girls soccer coverage on Saucon Source to help recognize the achievements of our female high school athletes and in tribute to their own daughters, who were both stand-out athletes at their high school, where they played softball, soccer, basketball and field hockey. Between the two of them they earned 14 varsity letters in high school. “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,” says Andrew. “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 sincerely thanks Andrew and Sonya Hughes for their thoughtful and generous support of our local sports coverage.