The Whitehall girls soccer team advanced to the East Penn Conference semifinals with a 2-1 win at Pleasant Valley.
Kylee Cunningham scored both Whitehall goals, with assists from Kate Bonshak on both. Kay Solderitch made nine saves in the Zephyr cage.
Darby Reiss scored Pleasant Valley’s goal.
The girls will move on to play Parkland on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
In the other semifinal bracket, Emmaus was a 3-0 winner over Central and will take on seventh-seeded Stroudsburg whichi was a 2-1 winner over Easton.
The East Penn Conference announced playoff matchups for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 14. Here’s a look:
Three games will take place Saturday, Oct. 15: Whitehall (8) at Emmaus (1) 3:30 p.m.; Easton (5) at Northampton (4), 2 p.m.; Pocono Mt. East (6) at Liberty (3) 3:30 p.m.; Parkland (7) at Stroudsburg (2) 2 p.m.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the finals slated for Thursday, Oct. 20.
The Whitehall cross country teams took part in the Paul Short Invitational this past weekend.
The girls finished 14th overall in their division and were led by Rachel Herr who took 37th with a time of 20:31. Autumn Dragovits was right behind her taking 39th in 20:34.
Other finishers for the girls were: 59 Juanita Flores 20:53, 130 Devon Roberts 21:57, 139 Hannah Gill 22:09, 175 Caroline Martin 23:10, 236 Alyssa Jimenez 26:16 42.
The boys were led by Caleb Straub who crossed 104th with a time of 17:52.
The Whitehall girls soccer team isn’t off to a bad start, but they feel it could have been better.
“We have had a very challenging early season schedule,” said first-year head coach Chris Bleam. “To start 1-1-1 [in their first three games] is in some ways disappointing as we could easily be 3-0, but in other ways, it is teaching this young team the importance of paying attention to all the little details about the game and playing a full 80 minutes well.”
The Whitehall cross country team hosted Nazareth, Easton, Central, Emmaus and Northampton in a Tuesday afternoon meet.
Whitehall girls dropped a tiebreaker loss to Nazareth 28-28 and lost to Easton 15-50 but beat Northampton 23-32. The boys would lose all three of their contests.
Northampton’s Lyndsey Gallagher was first overall for the girls with a time of 20:45, just ahead of Easton’s Mackenzie Heitz who had a time of 20:48.
Whitehall had two girls in the top-15, Juanita Flores was 14th in 22:29 and Rachel Herr was 15th in 22:44.
If there’s one thing head coach Ed Roman wanted to stress about his Balliet Vikings Connie Mack team, it was consistency.
The team has only been in existence for two years, but in that time they’ve won nearly 40 games, including a 20-6 record this season, have had two Lehigh Valley playoff berths and two state playoff berths.
“Consistency was the hallmark of our success,” Roman said. “We have a lot be proud of. We should be very proud to have performed at such a high level.”
For the second-straight season of their existence, the Balliet Vikings are headed to the Connie Mack state tournament.
The Vikes finished 17-4, tied with Salisbury for the best record but had to settle for the second seed, however the top-four teams earned automatic state bids. The Vikings are now in the middle of the league tournament, earning a first-round bye before a Tuesday night win opened up their league playoff schedule. The Vikes are hoping to capture the league title before states on July 21.
Like they did in Lehigh Valley Legion, Coplay and Fullerton are combining efforts in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League as well.
The team currently sits at 7-7 and is in the middle of the pack, hoping to make a playoff run.
Lately, it’s been a bit of an up-and-down ride for the team. Right before dropping a couple of recent games, the team had won four of five including wins over Freemansburg, South Parkland and Wilson, which was an 18-0 blowout.
The Balliet Vikings made quite an impression during their first year in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League.
The team went 16-6 and advanced to the state tourney only to lose two, heartbreaking, 1-0 games in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With a nice group of returning players, the team started 3-0 this season as of late last week. However head coach Ed Roman wants to keep things in perspective.
“Because it’s a long season, we’re focusing on the fundamentals game after game,” Roman said. “If we do that well, the rest will fall into place.”
The spring sports regular season is quickly coming to an end which means it’s playoff time.
The EPC track meet took place this past week at Whitehall and the Zephs Calvin Schneck took first in the 800.
The EPC softball tournament is set to get under way next week and the Zephyrs have earned the top seed and a home game against Pocono Mountain at 5 p.m. Monday.
Be sure to check out the May 18 edition for how the girls team did as well as a complete recap from the track meet.