High school soccer players from across the country and even from Europe descended upon Muhlenberg College recently for a four-day College Soccer ID camp.
The overnight camp had 140 attendees immersing themselves in the college lifestyle, as well as undergoing soccer training and evaluation from coaches across the D-I, D-II and D-III spectrum.
Sean Topping, camp director and head coach of Muhlenberg, has been conducting the camp with the help of Binghamton University head coach Paul Marco for the past six years.
The Lehigh Valley took home hardware from this year’s Keystone State Games, as the Junior Division team took home silver medals from the tournament on the last weekend in July.
The home team defeated Capital 3-2 in 10 innings to receive silver, as the gold medal game between LV and West was canceled due to torrential rains. According to KSG rules, LV was the second seed and was awarded the silver medal.
The PIAA plans to institute changes to limit the pitch count of high school pitchers starting next season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations has mandated state associations across the country to come up with new rules that restrict pitchers on the basis of pitch counts, rather than innings pitched. Since the PIAA follows NFHS rules, the changes will take place for the 2017 season.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kickoff this weekend with Friday’s opening ceremony taking place at the famous Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Bethlehem Catholic’s Joe Kovacs will be part of Team USA’s entourage during the event.
Kovacs enters the games as a gold medal favorite in the men’s shot put, as he continued his winning form on July 23 with a top throw of 22.04 meters in a final Diamond League competition at the Olympic Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park.
Bethlehem Steel FC stumbled again to their Canadian counterparts for the second time this month, falling to Toronto FC II 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium.
Despite out shooting Toronto by a 19-4 margin, the visitors were able to take advantage of their chances, including a goal by Shaan Hundal in the 17th minute to put them on the front foot with a 1-0 advantage, which they would take into halftime.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team saw their tournament end last Friday, falling to Suburban One League American/Continental 6-4 in a second round matchup at Ashburn Field in Philadelphia.
After trailing 2-0 heading into the eighth inning, Lehigh Valley put together four runs off four doubles in the top of the frame, only to see their lead evaporate in the bottom of the inning en route to defeat.
To exit the tournament after being ahead so late was a bitter pill for the locals to swallow.
All-star games are meant to be fun and the players who participated in last week’s 46th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic got to have one last night of glory on the gridiron, as the Gold team edged the Red squad 65-62 at Andrew Leh Stadium.
The Gold team, assembled with players from Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades clearly overmatched their Red counterparts from Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties, racing out to a 42-0 lead in the first half before the all-star rules kept putting the ball in the hands of the Red team.
The 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup roster was announced last week as the franchise looks for a fresh start in the 31st year of the tournament.
The LV side is hoping to rebound from last year’s shocking 19-0 defeat to Tri-Cape in the opener of the tournament. That defeat was the worst ever by the Valley and one that won’t be forgotten for the proud franchise.
Bethlehem Steel FC extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over FC Montreal Sunday afternoon at Goodman Stadium.
A pair of penalty kicks in the 78th and 84th minutes proved to be the difference for the home side to push them past their Canadian counterparts.
Captain Ryan Richter evened the game at 1-1 with his PK in the 78th, while Derrick Jones put away the game winner from the spot six minutes later.
Bethlehem Steel FC are back at home this weekend and will host a doubleheader this Sunday, May 15 at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, when they take on FC Montreal at 4 p.m. Before kickoff, Lehigh Valley United and Reading United AC will play at noon in a Premier Development League (PDL) contest.