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NWL boys soccer dominates foes

Five games, five wins, 31 goals. That’s the only thing one really needs to know about Northwestern Lehigh boys soccer team. And that three players have six or more goals in the early going and the defense has yet to allow a goal in those five games.

Tuesday night, Northwestern (3-0-0, 5-0-0) downed rival Northern Lehigh 10-0 with eight different scorers picking up goals. Jack Mauro and Isaac Frey both had two goals in the win while Matt Johnson, Nate Kinzel, Cole Mertz, Logan Mesics, Caelan Stangil, and Jake van Lierop all added goals in the win.

On the season, Johnson has seven goals while van Lierop and Frey both have six. Mauro and Johnson are tied for the team lead in assists with five each.

Before the win over the Bulldogs, Northwestern won 11-0 against Pen Argyl (0-3-0, 1-4-0). Johnson, Mesics, and van Lierop all had two goals in that game.

Just how daunting has the defense been? In the five games, junior goalkeeper Brandon Krapf has not had to deal with a shot on goal and neither has his understudy and classmate Weiland Hite, who has come on to help kill the boredom that Krapf must often feel.

The upcoming schedule has some games that could be challenging, but when you have outscored your opponents 31-0, the word challenge is a relative term. Their next four Colonial League opponents – Palisades, Salisbury, Moravian Academy, and Southern Lehigh – have a combined league record of 7-3-1. Add in a nonleague game against Jim Thorpe, the next five opponents are 10-8-1 overall this season.

Moravian Academy, who will host the Tigers next week, is currently 3-0-0 in league play and are always a tough match for Northwestern Lehigh.

Salisbury (2-1-0, 3-2-0) won seven games in each of the last two seasons, but a change in their game plan to a more athletic style of play has them playing well. Southern Lehigh, who beat the Tigers in the league championship game last season, denying them an undefeated season, is 1-1-0 in league paly and 1-2-0 overall.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Logan Mesics, seen here during a game last fall, was one of eight Tiger goal scorers in a 10-0 win over Northern Lehigh.