October 19, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
The Northwestern boys soccer team is in the midst of one of the most dominating stretches ever in the history of area soccer. The Tigers 3-1 win over Moravian Academy on Wednesday gave them their 4th straight league championship. The win extended their unbeaten streak against league opponents to 58 games and a 4th straight District crown seems likely. Nathan Hunsicker is in his 8th season as head coach and has overseen a program that has enjoyed deep runs in the PIAA tournament the past three years, making the semifinals in 2015 and the finals the past two seasons. Last year’s run to the title game surprised many since Northwestern lost the core of its lineup to graduation that got them to Hershey in 2016. Both times they lost to a vastly talented Lower Dauphin squad in the finals.
The Tigers play sound, fundamental soccer and are a hard team to defend. The coaching staff has to be credited for contributing to the program’s success. I covered their final games the past three seasons and was impressed with the class they showed in falling short of a state championship. Back to Wednesday’s match, senior Sam Seyfried scored two of the Tiger’s three goals, including the game winner 80 seconds after the Lions tied it up in the 2nd half. Seyfried not making the Colonial League All-Star First Team seemed like a slight but he graciously shrugged it off and focused on the team’s success. Defender Caleb Danner also shined in post-game interviews.
Northwestern next plays in the District semifinals as the 3A top seed on October 30th. Let’s see how far they go, maybe a 4th straight PIAA semifinal appearance is down the road or a 3rd straight trip to Hershey but first things first. One thing seems certain: winning breeds winning and Northwestern has learned to perform on the big stage, a trait that is handed down year after year. Dynasty? You decide.