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Young players helping NW girls soccer

Freshman Kherington Yezik is making a name for herself in her first season of varsity soccer. So is her classmate Sophia Schaffer.

Schaffer has scored seven goals this season and Yezik has five goals, but none were more dramatic than the one she scored with :06 left to play to beat Southern Lehigh 2-1. In fact, the two goals scored against Southern Lehigh came from Schaffer and Yezik and kept Northwestern Lehigh (7-0-0 Colonial, 10-0-0 overall) undefeated in both the Colonial League and overall.

For Northwestern, it’s not unusual for a freshman to be on the field. Coach Jordan Smith started four freshmen in the win over the Spartans (6-4-0, 5-2-0). The freshman class also has Amelia Glassberg (three goals), Alexis Kercher (one goal), Briella Lloyd, Gia Di Carlo, Allison Roth, Isabella Smith, Dylan Ritter, Hannah Newcomer, Reilly Newcomer, and Jossalin Romanot all having made the varsity roster.

Meanwhile, sophomore Olivia Reinhart has been stellar in goal and made six saves in the win over Southern Lehigh.

One key to success for the Tigers this season is having multiple players able to score goals. Coming into play Tuesday night, six players – Brook Balliet (10), Cammy Fitch (7), Katie Brensinger (7), Schaffer (7), Yezik (5), Glassberg (3) – have scored three or more goals for Northwestern. Fitch leads the team with 12 assists, Schaffer has eight and Balliet, Brensinger, Yezik, and Paige Bissell all have four assists.

The Lady Tigers went on to beat Saucon Valley 10-0 Tuesday night to start a stretch of four games in five days with Palmerton (4-2-0, 7-3-0), Parkland (8-0-1 EPC, 9-0-1 overall), and Fleetwood all coming up. Northwestern was the first team to clinch a playoff spot in districts and have since been joined by Parkland, who they will play Friday in a nonleague game at Parkland High School. Fleetwood is in District 3 and is 5-2-1 overall this season.

Palisades (6-0-0, 7-2-0) is the only other undefeated team in the Colonial League, leaving the Tigers and Pirates tied for the top spot in the league rankings. The two teams meet in the final game of the season October 9th at Northwestern in a game that could decide the top seed for the league playoffs. Central Catholic (7-0-1) is the closest competition for the top spot in the District 11 2A rankings.

PRESS PHOTO BY RON GOWER Kherington Yezik (left) scored the game-winning goal against Southern Lehigh with less than 10 seconds left in the game.