Emmaus' McCarthy named MVP at Lions All-Star Classic
Scoring goals was not a hard thing to do over Amanda McCarthy's four-year soccer career at Emmaus. The senior tallied 35 goals in her varsity career, and had two others go into the back of the net in exhibition style last Sunday afternoon in the 33rd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic at Whitehall high school.
The West Chester University-bound had a goal in each half. Her first was the game-clincher as she took a dribble past a defender and slotted it home. The second, in the second half, gave the Lehigh Valley Conference/Mountain Valley Conference All-Stars a two-goal cushion, and they went on to defeat the Colonial League All-Stars 3-1.
"It was fun, but it was still competitive," said McCarthy. "It's exciting, especially since this is the last game I will play in high school. The great part was getting to play with girls I played with in club soccer, and some of the girls I played against in high school. It was nice to get to know everyone."
Ema Sabovic of Pleasant Valley opened the game with a goal in the 13th minute. After Saucon Valley's Alicia Binn tied the game just two minutes later, McCarthy broke the tie with just eight minutes left until halftime.
The Green Hornet senior was also named offensive MVP for the LVC/MVC.
The LVC/MVC boys all-stars were not as fortunate. Although the two teams put on a show for the fans, combining for nine goals, it was the Colonial League that came out on top.
The Colonial League opened each half with back-to-back goals within the first couple of minutes of each half as the LVC/MVC found themselves in a hole throughout the game.
Colonial League offensive MVP Gio Mowrey of Notre Dame G.P. and Saucon Valley's Luke Masiado scored within three minutes of each other early in the first half, and Will Demmel of Southern Lehigh was followed by Brandon Ettl from Northwestern in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Parkland's Belal Mohamed put LVC/MVC on the scoreboard with a rocket show from outside the 18. Offensive MVP Sam Gaye of Northampton had a goal in each half, but it that was the only scoring as the Colonial League won 6-3.
Green Hornets players Kevin Kender and Charlie Jerry participated in the fun, but competitive atmosphere. Justis Faulkner supported the team from the bench, but did not play.