Girls soccer looks for big week
The Emmaus girls soccer team seemed to be rolling with wins over Whitehall and Nazareth followed by a 2-2 tie against Central Catholic that saw the Hornets fall behind early and then rally to tie the Vikettes. After that came a 9-0 win against East Stroudsburg North and a 1-0 nonleauge loss at Wilson West Lawn against a tough Owls team.
The Hornets figured to bounce back against Pocono Mountain East (6-1) on Saturday. Instead, the team came out flat and lost 4-1.
The Cardinals got two goals from Taylor Caridi in the first half to lead 2-0 at the break. In the second half, it was Kayla Argen who scored two goals – one coming on a free kick – to give Pocono Mounatin East a 4-0 lead with just 16-minutes to play in the game.
Emmaus was reduced to taking long shots in the second half as the Cardinals didn’t allow them to get good, close looks at the goal. Kellie Reith scored with 11:54 left to play to give Emmaus their only goal of the game. Coach Sarah Oswald felt that the team let down on both ends of the field against Pocono Mountain East.
“That was our inability to find spaces to attack,” said Oswald of not getting good looks. “We had given them a game plan at halftime and unfortunately, it wasn’t executed the way it needed to be in front of the goal.
“It’s not just the defensive effort as far as our back line goes. It’s our defensive effort as a whole. We were a little loose all over the field in our central midfield and our backs were just loose and allowed the two kids who were going to be dangerous [Caridi and Argen] to be free with the ball and find each other. They’re two quality kids. Number three for them [Caridi] is absolutely fabulous and she got the best of us.”
Oswald was quick to dismiss the notion that a difficult schedule and games backing up against each other was the reason for the loss. The coaching staff took that into account and gave the team a break from training on Tuesday and rested players in the 9-0 win over East Stroudsburg North.
While she commended her team for how it’s played overall this season, Oswald hasn’t been happy with the recent approach her team has taken. Climbing back against Central Catholic should have been somewhat of a turning point to build on and drive the players, but Oswald doesn’t think that’s been the case.
“You have to show up to play. That’s the problem,” said Oswald. “We’ve seen a team that’s been ready and interested and ready to go and ready to follow the game plan and then we’ve found a team the last couple of games not ready to play. They’re not interested, not showing that they’re interested, not playing with that same intensity and fire that we saw against Whitehall and Nazareth. We’ve got to do a better job of finding that again.”
The Lady Hornets are 3-3-1 on the season putting them fourth in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference behind Northampton (4-2-1) and Whitehall (3-2-1). Emmaus is currently eighth in the district power rankings with conference games against Northampton, Bethlehem Catholic (3-3-0) and Liberty (3-4-0) over the next week. Emmaus also hosts Central Bucks East on Saturday.
“Before this week, I would have said that our chances look good and that we’re a quality team,” said Oswald after Friday’s loss to the Cardinals. “We’ve got to come ready to play and we’ve got to win games next week to give ourselves the opportunity to get into the EPC playoffs. Every game is important and there are too many quality teams; we’ve just got to be ready. Ideally, we need three league wins next week to put us in good shape.”