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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Max Hirschborn holds off an Allen player during a recent game against the Canaries. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Max Hirschborn holds off an Allen player during a recent game against the Canaries. Copyright - DonHerb
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Jonathan Heberlein battles a Parkland player for the ball during the team’s first meting this season. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBEmmaus’ Jonathan Heberlein battles a Parkland player for the ball during the team’s first meting this season. Copyright - DonHerb

Boys soccer falls to Parkland, 3-0

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

In the Emmaus boys soccer team’s second game of the season against rival Parkland, the two teams played much the same script as they did in the season opener. In both games, Parkland got an early goal to make things tough on Emmaus. In the latest game though, Emmaus couldn’t match Parkland’s effort and fell to the Trojans 3-0.

“I’m disappointed in our effort,” said Emmaus head coach John Cari. “We didn’t do much well, from simply clearing a ball to making a pass, to our runs, we really weren’t at our best tonight. I thought in the first five to seven minutes, we were close, but it really changed the direction when they got that goal almost six minutes into the game, it deflated us and we really put our heads down.”

Parkland (11-0 EPC, 12-1 Overall) threw a bit of a wrinkle at Emmaus (9-2-1, 10-3-1) early in the game that forced the Hornets to try to adjust, but the Hornets were never really able to put together any attack. Emmaus was unable to get a shot on goal in the game.

“We had a hard time adjusting early on, because they were really putting numbers in the box and we were having a hard time to really be able to get it out to find the next run.”

Parkland’s first goal came from Adam Weaver with 34:17 left to play in the first half. Justin Douglas made it 2-0 on a goal less than 10 minutes later. From there, Parkland seemed to completely take over the game, leaving little opportunity for Emmaus to get back into the game.

“When they got the second one, it really took a lot of energy out of us,” said Cari. “I thought we cleaned up a little bit in the second half. We weren’t fantastic, but we cleaned up. They found another really nice goal to make a difference, but it wasn’t our best effort all the way around, in all aspects of the game.”

While he was disappointed, Cari knows that there are bigger fish to fry. There is still a little more than a week left in the regular season before the league playoffs and districts. From the start of the season, Emmaus has been focusing on winning a third straight District 11 championship and Cari still holds that up as the goal.

“There’s still a lot of season left and then the league playoffs, but the big one is really winning districts,” said Cari. “That’s been our whole focus and that’s still very much what we’re playing for at this point. I’m not really worried about what we did. I’m just disappointed in how we played this one.”

Emmaus is just ahead of second place Central Catholic in the Skyline Division as they both attempt to catch Parkland. In the district power rankings, Emmaus is currently second behind the Trojans.

The schedule features games over the next week against Northampton (3-8-1, 4-8-1), Whitehall (7-4-1, 8-4-0) and Nazareth (2-7-2, 3-8-2). The season wraps up October 12 when the team celebrates senior night against Central Catholic (9-3-0, 10-3-0).