September 28, 2017
By: Erica Rose
It was only the sixth game of the Colonial League season last night for the Saucon Valley girl’s soccer team, but already the Panthers have made the year pretty stressful for Head Coach Stevie Ochse. The Panthers went up against a very good Southern Lehigh squad, and were clearly outplayed. But “one goal is all it takes” is what Ochse told her team at the half, and that was all they got. Coming away with their third tie in the league, and fourth overall so far this year. That’s 80 minutes of extra play. Ochse was pleased to come away with the tie, calling her team gritty, due to the fact that they never give up. She also admitted that Southern Lehigh created the better opportunities last night.
On the other side, Southern Lehigh had a lot more at stake and they certainly played like it. The Spartans already suffered 2 losses heading into last night’s match and they couldn’t afford to drop another. They dominated pretty much from start to finish, but were only able to net one early in the first half. It’s not like they didn’t have the good looks, because they did. They just had a few unlucky breaks. The biggest being Jenna Groeber’s shot in the first OT, which hit one goal post, rode the line, hit the other goal post and never rolled in! Both the team and fans thought it was over, but it was not. First year Head Coach Andrew Filler, was very pleased with the teams effort, stating that it was the best complete, full 80-minute game the girls had played. And while he would have much rather come away with the win, he is just happy the team didn’t lose.
Saucon Valley now has a record of 4-0-3 in the Colonial League, with Moravian Academy up next. The Spartans are 5-2-1 with Bangor as their next opponent.