Wilson living up to expectations behind dynamic striker Turner
The coaches called it.
Several Colonial League coaches said during the preseason that Wilson looked like the league’s up-and-coming team this year.
And, to date, they’ve been proven correct. Coach Mike Buskirk’s Warriors own a solid 5-1 overall record and a 3-1 mark in league action entering Thursday’s nonleague game against Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg.
Wilson, which went 11-24-1 vs. league competition over the previous three seasons, opened up Colonial League action with a lopsided 4-0 loss to unbeaten Southern Lehigh.
The Warriors, though, are 3-for-3 since then, including a 3-2 triumph over four-time defending champion Northwestern Lehigh. Sophomore Wilson Bibiano came up with Wilson’s decisive tally against the Tigers.
They also routed Palmerton 11-2 on Tuesday. “The effort vs. Southern Lehigh was there,” Buskirk said, “but we’re trying to play a high-paced game and we were still working on our lineup at that stage. We made some adjustments against Northwestern and took some time at practice to work on those things.”
Junior Tajae Turner, a striker who was a league all-star last season, retains his role as Wilson’s dynamic No. 1 offensive option.
Turner has 11 goals and three assists in six games. Bibiano has five goals and four assists, senior Lorenzo Sigue has two goals and an assist and senior Kolton Appleby has four assists.
“We set high goals at the start of the season,” said Buskirk, in his first year at Wilson. “We have the best offensive player in the league and we expect to win our league and then districts.”
Low-scoring EPC showdown: The Liberty boys edged Parkland 1-0 in Wednesday night’s EPC showdown in South Whitehall Township.
Christopher Schray had the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who outshot the Trojans 5 to 4.
Panther prowess I: Coach Shaun Below’s patience is paying off this season at Pocono Mountain West.
In his 12th season at the school, the Panther boys are off to their best start in school history. They are 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the EPC’s Mountain Division entering Friday’s tough test against Whitehall.
Senior striker Chris Tambasco, an all-state performer last season, is off to a stellar start with 13 goals and an assist.
“We are elated with the way this season has started,” Below said, “and the prospects that we may get back to the district tournament. But in the same breath, we know we have huge tests ahead and nothing is won or lost in the third week of the season.
“I just hope we can stay healthy and improve on this great start.”
Toothy Tigers: Northwestern Lehigh’s girls are off to a sizzling 7-0 start overall this season thanks in part to a new-look attack.
Sara Hathaway and Maggie Motolese graduated and left behind a void, as they teamed for 116 goals over the previous two seasons. This year, 13 players have scored goals. Junior forward Kylie Zentz leads with eight goals and three assists, Kayla Bardonner has totaled six goals and two assists and Lexi Bleam has netted four goals and seven assists.
“I mentioned [in the preseason] that this team’s strength is going to be its ability to share the ball with everyone on the field and create scoring chances for several different players, not just two,” said Tigers coach Kelly Bleam, in her 22nd season at the school.
Northwestern and Saucon Valley entered play Thursday tied atop the Colonial League at 3-0.
“The Colonial League looks to be very competitive again this year,” Bleam said. “There are several teams who are competing for one of the six spots in our newly aligned league tournament. We, as a team, look forward to the competition over the upcoming weeks.”
Panther prowess II: Saucon Valley’s boys scored a solid 1-0 overtime win over Northwestern Lehigh on Tuesday.
Senior Zach Nicholas tallied his sixth goal of the season in the OT period for the Panthers, who are 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the Colonial League.