While it wasn’t the outcome they wanted, the Whitehall field hockey team’s game against Stroudsburg last Friday afternoon yielded a lot of positive signs.
They lost to the visiting Mounties 1-0, but they controlled the action throughout the game. They were relentless around the cage in the second half as they unleashed a multitude of shots, with one shot careening off the post, a goalkeeper’s best friend.
The Whitehall football team will have the opportunity to do something this Friday that Easton did to them the prior week, and that’s play spoiler against an undefeated team.
They’ll have the opportunity to knock the Trojans (5-0) from the unbeaten ranks and put them in either a second or first place tie in the EPC South standings depending on the outcome of the Bethlehem Catholic game whose record is also unblemished.
After looking for someone on the field hockey team to provide a spark, the Whitehall players responded with seven goals last Friday in a win over Bethlehem Catholic.
The Zephyrs scored off corners, on tipped shots in front of the net, and blasts from the top of the circle as they were relentless in the offensive zone, defeating the visiting Golden Hawks 7-1 to raise their record to 4-4-1 this season.
It was the type of performance that head coach Jennifer Bodnar was looking for from her young squad.
Whenever the Zephyrs began to pick up steam at Cottingham Stadium last Friday, the Easton offense derailed any hopes of them getting back in the game and staying undefeated.
Oh, and the red Rover defense wasn’t too shabby in aiding Easton’s offense on a night where they compiled 56 points, the most an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent has scored against Whitehall since the 63 points Easton rung up in 2014.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team is experiencing a bit of a rough patch right now, and they’re looking to find some solutions to get back on track as they head into a busy week.
With Monday’s loss, a three-set sweep to Nazareth, the Zephyrs have now dropped three of their last four games. That loss drops their record to 5-4 at the midway point of the season.
With the regular season completed, the Whitehall golf team turned its attention to the league championships which got underway this week at Woodstone Country Club.
The Zephyrs finished the season 6-10 overall, picking up three more wins than the previous year.
And when they convened at Woodstone on Tuesday for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf Championships, head coach John Conrad viewed the tourney as an opportunity to beat teams that had defeated them during the regular season.
Right now the Whitehall field hockey team is searching, searching for some offense, searching for some leadership, and most important, searching for an identity.
After getting shut out for the fourth time this season, the latest blanking at the hands of Northampton on Saturday, head coach Jenn Bodnar is also searching for some answers.
Friday’s pop-up shower — make that pop-up downpour — made for some sloppy conditions even on turf, preventing the Whitehall girls soccer team from controlling the action against Nazareth as the ball just died on the drenched surface, leading to a game that ended scoreless after two overtime sessions.
By the time the field began to recover late in the second half, Whitehall began to put on the pressure, but Blue Eagle keeper Caitlyn Lazzarini kept the ball from getting behind her, making four saves in OT.
With the nil-nil tie, the Zephyrs are now 3-2-1 on the season.
With Whitehall’s recent volleyball matches against two Bethlehem schools going to five sets, resulting in a pair of tough losses, the hope is that they will serve as learning lessons for future tight contests.
Head coach Paul Abi-Daher firmly believes his team needs to find a way to win those close matches. They lost 3-2 to Liberty last week, and then dropped a match to Bethlehem Catholic by the same score on Tuesday. Sandwiched in between was a win against William Allen.
Senior day took center stage when the Whitehall girls tennis team hosted Northampton on Monday, but in the end they lost a close match to their league rivals.
The Zephs recognized seniors Catherine Chen, Shaniyah Colon, Jacky Mansour and Teresa Nappo as the regular season enters its final week. Whitehall has a final match with Parkland remaining on its schedule before the postseason begins.