Girls get revenge on PME
When Emmaus and Pocono Mountain East met during the regular season, Hornet head coach Sarah Oswald didn’t leave the field in a good mood.
It may have been the low point of the season for her team performance-wise as it lost to the Cardinals 4-1 at Memorial Stadium, putting Emmaus in a bit of a bind as far as the standings were concerned.
To make matters worse, Emmaus lost its regular season finale to Central Catholic, meaning that the Cardinals leap-frogged the Hornets in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference seedings, sending Emmaus to Pocono Mountain for a rematch in the quarterfinals of the EPC playoffs.
The loss to PM East was a month ago, but it still was in the back of the player’s minds, especially when the Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Taylor Caridi, who scored two first half goals in the regular season matchup.
This time though, Emmaus struck back when Maddie Fey tied the game in the first half and the two teams went to the break at 1-1.
In the second half, senior Sophie Pickering took charge and scored two goals to cement the 3-1 win and officially extract a measure of revenge by ousting PM East from the EPC playoffs.
Pickering’s goals came just three-minutes apart, with the second coming on a penalty kick. Pickering and Fey are having a friendly battle for the team lead in goals, with Fey holding an 11-10 advantage.
Since their loss to the Cardinals in mid-September, Emmaus has gone 9-3 and has outscored opponents 43-12 over those 12 games.
Beating PM East sets up the third game of the season between Emmaus and Parkland.
The Lady Trojans have won the first two regular season meetings by a combined score of 8-1, putting the Hornets in position to look for revenge once again as they fight through the postseason.
Playing Parkland has been tough for Emmaus, as it has for a lot of teams in the Lehigh Valley. The two rivals tend to not only play during the regular season, but often meet in the playoffs. Last season, the Trojans swept four games against Emmaus, including the regular season and both the EPC and District 11 playoffs. The last time that the Lady Hornets beat Parkland was in 2013.
Parkland is the top seed in the EPC and is 19-0 overall this season after beating Northampton 5-0 in another EPC quarterfinal game on Saturday. Tuesday’s other semifinal game has second-seed Easton playing third-seeded Pleasant Valley for a spot in the finals.
The league semifinals were played after Press deadline. See next week’s issue for coverage.