The 2019-2020 Cement Belt challenge kicked off with the Whitehall boys soccer team drawing first blood on Northampton’s home field with a 4-2 victory.
A few hours later, the Konkrete Kids’ girls soccer team evened the standings by scoring a 2-0 win on the Zephyrs’ home turf.
Senior tri-captain Abbi Czarnecki got Northampton on the board in the first 5 minutes of the game when she took a pass from Alex Benedict and slotted the ball under the goalie’s arms.
The Whitehall boys soccer team got off to a great start with an 8-0 win over Palisades.
The Zephs put the game away with five goals in the first half before adding three more in the second half.
Ziyad Atiyeh, Gio Mazzola, Jake Gier and Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman scored in the first half with Gier notching two and finishing with four goals total for the game.
Atiyeh got the scoring started with an assist from Elie Khalil, it was followed by Mazzola’s goal from Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman before Gier made it 3-0 on a pass from Nabieh Saloum.
With over a quarter of the regular season in the books, Whitehall’s Natalia Pedraza is on track to reach one of her goals as she aims to be part of the postseason singles tournament mix.
This year the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference changed the qualifying standards, admitting only the top eight players in each of the singles and doubles brackets. Previously, they were open to all players in the conference.
That will make it more difficult to reach the tourney, but Pedraza is determined to be one of the players participating.
After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.
The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.
Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has become a team nobody wants to play.
The Whitehall golf team picked up two more wins last week as the season is now headed into the back nine with the Zephyrs trying to finish on a strong note.
While most fall sports are just getting underway, the Zephyr golfers have just four matches remaining before the postseason begins.
Last week was a strong period for the Zephs as they defeated East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain West. Those two wins raised their season record to 3-7.
Whitehall’s football season already may be at a crossroads.
The Zephyrs return home Friday night to host Emmaus in a key East Penn Conference (EPC) showdown for both teams. Whitehall (0-2) is looking for its first win of the season after they suffered a 46-28 loss at Easton last week.
Against Easton, Whitehall found itself in a 21-7 hole in the opening half as they struggled to stop Red Rovers’ running back Nahjee Adams, who scored on runs of 75 and 78 yards and rambled for 192 of his game-high 278 yards in the opening half.
With the archery deer hunting season set to kick off locally Sept. 21 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, now’s the time to check your bows, bow strings, arrows and tree stands if you use one.
Friday’s tennis match against Pleasant Valley tested Whitehall’s depth and tenacity, and the Zephyrs scored big on both fronts.
After surviving a busy week in which they had four matches scheduled, Whitehall was faced with the challenge of playing Pleasant Valley without their No. 1 singles player. Natalia Pedraza, who is currently 4-1 on the year, was going to miss the match versus the Bears, forcing head coach Alex Green to juggle the lineup against a good team from the northern climes of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
When the Whitehall girls volleyball team convenes on the court this fall, a familiar face will be leading them from the sidelines.
Victoria Bobyak, a 2012 Whitehall graduate, is now the head coach, replacing Eric Budge who led the team last season.
This will be Bobyak’s first head coaching job and she looks forward to being on the coaching side of a program she’s very familiar with after spending four years as a varsity player. She said it will be an interesting experience after living the program from the other side.
Bethlehem Steel FC scored two goals while down a man against Birmingham Legion FC who hadn’t given up a goal since June 29, but still fell 3-2. It was a very physical Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium that resulted in 10 total cards and four players sent off early.