Extra Point – Senior Leadership is Driving the Tigers

By Tyler Trumbauer

Northwestern Lehigh is dominating the Colonial League soccer world this fall. Last month I wrote about the lady Tigers’ success, but the gentleman are a powerhouse as well. With both boys’ and girls’ soccer league playoffs getting underway this week, the boys are the #2 seed and the girls are the #1 seed respectively. Both of their first round games are scheduled to be played before this column goes to print.

The boys finished the regular season with an 11-2 record in the Colonial League. That mark gave them first place in the North Division of the CL. Their league season started out with a win over Southern Lehigh and then a tough defeat at the hands of Saucon Valley. Head coach, Nathan Hunsicker, kept his team focused and it showed it out on the field.  Such a nice record at the end of a grueling season takes  hard work and Hunsicker outlined what was done, “We worked out a few kinks and we had a couple nice, long win streaks and a couple big wins along the way. We just gelled as a team through the weeks and months.”

The biggest attribute for this squad is their defending.On offense and defense they can thwart any offensive attack. Don’t get me wrong, offensively this team can play with the best of them, as they put up more than five goals in three league contests this season.

This team commands the field. Their communication is very good and they own the field while they are playing. It is mainly because of their three captains, Senior Daniel Masetti, Junior Matthew Harshey and Senior Isiah Danner. Also, Hunsicker mentioned Senior Boston Furjanic as a field leader and talked about his contributions to this dominant team, “He has had a lot of key, game-winning goals for us and makes a lot of hustle plays for us as well. He is just the spark plug on the team. He gets the boys ready to play and puts everyone in good spirits.” The nine seniors on the squad nurture the success and contribute experience which the underclassmen are learning from.

As I mentioned before, both soccer squads from Northwestern have made it to the Colonial League playoffs. The opening round for the boys is Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16 for the girls. The boys will play the Southern Lehigh Spartans and the girls will face the Bangor Slaters. The championship rounds are Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday October 18, respectively. Stay connected through the Gazette’s Facebook page for all postseason action.

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