Two players score hat tricks in win
Emmaus field hockey rolled to a 10-0 win in its season opener at Nazareth, with two players scoring three goals each in the win. Emmaus took 47 shots in the game, but held the Blue Eagles to just three shots on goal.
Annika Herbine, the lone freshman on the team, opened the scoring 2:12 into the game off an assist from Emily Ingalls.
Herbine beat goalkeeper Adrianna Johns to the right side of the goal cage to put Emmaus up 1-0. About six minutes later, Herbine scored her second varsity goal, this time on an assist from Riley Baughman.
“I was a little bit nervous, but I fought through it,” said Herbine of her debut with the defending state champions. “I just saw some openings and was able to finish the shots and hit them in.”
“She’s a very nice field hockey player,” said coach Sue Butz-Stavin of Herbine. “I think she needs to feel a little bit more comfortable, but she’s got good stick work and she can work on her vision.”
Baughman, a junior, and Zellner, a senior, both scored three times in the win, with both players also assisting on two other goals for Emmaus.
Zellner’s first goal came between the two Herbine goals and she added two second-half goals for the Lady Hornets.
Baughman’s first strike came shortly after the halfway mark of the first half to put Emmaus up 4-0. Ingalls picked up the first of her two goals with just under five-minutes left in the first half, giving Emmaus a 5-0 lead at the break.
It took just under four minutes for Emmaus to strike again in the second half. Zellner passed to Baughman, allowing the junior to notch her second goal of the game. Zellner added her second goal with 11:38 left to play when she was assisted by Olivia Krogermeier. Baughman and Zellner would each strike one more time to make it 9-0 Emmaus with just under five minutes remaining in the game.
Ingalls capped the scoring for Emmaus, and had a team-high three assists on the day.
Zellner was second on the team last season with 33 goals. The win was number 894 for Butz-Stavin, the winningest high school field hockey coach in the nation.
“Happy with the results, obviously, the win is a great victory for the team,” she said. “We’ll look at what were our strengths and what were our weaknesses today and go back to the drawing board at practice tomorrow. I think overall, that the whole team played pretty well and I’m pleased with the effort.”
The two-time defending state champions stretched their win streak to 56 games with the win.
The Hornets open their home schedule Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against Whitehall. They play Bethlehem Catholic on Friday a return to Memorial Field Saturday against Council Rock North.