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Girls soccer extend streak

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Steve andres Special to the Press in Sports

It’s been quite a ride for the Whitehall girls soccer team during the last two weeks, and the hope now is that they can carry that momentum heading into division play which heats up later this week.

The girls are in midst of a seven-game winning streak, their latest victory a 2-0 shutout over Northampton on Monday night. During that stretch, the girls have scored 40 goals while only surrendering five.

With Tuesday’s win over the Kids, the girls improved their overall record to 9-2-1, putting them in third place within the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a 2-2-1 mark. Parkland holds the top spot with an 5-0 record, while Emmaus is second at 3-1-1.

While head coach Chris Bleam said that part of their recent success stems from reaching a favorable portion of their schedule, he also noted that they’ve been taking advantage of this period to “try some things.”

That certainly paid off as they averaged nearly six goals per game during that stretch. Additionally, 13 different players found the back of the net, with Kate Bonshak leading the way with 14 goals over that period.

“We have some young kids who are learning and getting better,” said Bleam. “They’re starting to play within the framework of the team a little more, and we need that because we’re a young team.

“I think that there’s some young kids getting better, and making little steps each week, and I think that each week we get a little better as a team.”

One of those players who’s made a strong contribution is Kylie Saliby. In their win against ESN, Saliby scored the team’s ninth goal on a rocket that sailed over the goalie into the top left corner of the net. Saliby received the pass about 20 yards from the goal, settled the ball at her feet, and then launched that tracer for her third goal of the season. (She scored her fourth in their 2-0 win over Northampton.)

Saliby said that teamwork has been the key to their current success.

“I think that we’re working really hard together,” said Saliby. “We have a lot of younger girls, and they’ve been working really hard, and just trying to play as a team.”

Saliby said that their main goal is to make sure everyone is working hard and focused on each game.

Saliby also said that there’s a level of comfortability that’s evolved since the beginning of the year.

“I think we’re all getting used to the way we play, the different styles, and what we all need from each other,” said Saliby.

Saliby also serves as the team’s first option for their corner kicks. She said that she tries to lift the ball toward the net so someone can get a head on it.

With just four division games remaining, Bleam said that the test will be to see if the strides they’ve made midway through the season will carry over to the final games of their schedule where they have rematches with Parkland and Emmaus.