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PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSONJoy Muller passes a ball down the field during Emmaus win over Northampton. PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSONJoy Muller passes a ball down the field during Emmaus win over Northampton.

Field hockey shuts out Kids

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

When a team’s average margin of victory is nine goals and it wins by five, there’s sometimes a reason to be a little disappointed. Coach Sue Butz-Stavin thought her team could have played much better in a 5-0 win over Northampton (7-4 EPC, 9-4 Overall).

“We lacked intensity, too many careless turnovers,” said Butz-Stavin. “I don’t know if we weren’t focused. We did a terrible job trying to adjust to the field and the fact that it’s heavy and there’s a lot of fill, so you can’t do what you normally do. We just came off a grass game, so that shouldn’t make a difference because we had to make adjustments over there.”

The Konkrete Kids held Emmaus to just one goal in the first half, when Leah Zellner scored the first of her three goals on the day.

The first half was hard fought by Northampton, but in the second half, Northampton seemed to wilt in the 90-degree heat while Emmaus’ depth made a difference in the game.

In addition to Zellner’s two second half goals, Emily Ingalls and Kacie Patton also scored for Emmaus. Ingalls, Olivia Krogermeier and Riley Baughman added assists for the Hornets.

“They kind of came out tough in the beginning, but we were able to kick it into gear and come back,” said Ingalls. “We weren’t really cutting to the ball and they were beating us to the ball and we were able to make that adjustment and keep it up.”

The win came on the heels of a 15-0 win over Freedom and a 16-0 win over Dieruff. Emmaus followed up the win at Northampton with a 5-1 home win over a tough Easton team. Easton (10-2, 11-2) held Emmaus to two first half goals. Zellner and Baughman both scored two goals, with freshman Annika Herbine collecting the other Emmaus goal. Claire Nielsen turned aside five of six shots, but Hailey Couch was able to sneak one past with 10:33 left to play in the game.

With five games left in the regular season, Emmaus looks to keep their undefeated record intact and keep its 68-game win streak alive. The schedule has Emmaus hosting Pleasant Valley (5-6-1, 5-7-1) today before a game at Pocono Mountain West (0-12, 0-14) Thursday and a nonconference game at Downingtown East (6-1) on Saturday.

The regular season wraps up next week with senior night on Tuesday against Pocono Mountain East (9-1-2, 10-1-2) and a final road game at Parkland (7-4-1, 7-6-1) on Wednesday. The Lady Trojans gave Emmaus their toughest game of the season, with Emmaus having to battle for a 2-1 overtime win earlier this season.