Hornets end perfect regular season
Teams always want to take a shot at the target on the back of the Emmaus field hockey team. This season, no team has come closer to the bullseye than Parkland, which battled Emmaus to overtime in their first regular season meeting and then stayed tough before bowing 3-0 in the final game of the season at Parkland High School.
Trojan goalie Brie Barraco turned away 26 shots in the latest battle between the two teams and Kelsey Higgins added a defensive save for Parkland.
“I think it’s the rivalry of Parkland and Emmaus,” said Emmaus head coach Sue Butz-Stavin. “They always come with a lot more spunk and give them credit, they played hard. They wanted to make a statement and I give them a lot of credit, they never backed down and they went after the ball.
“It’s one of those things where you’ve got to learn to match your opponents, their emotion, their speed in the game and their competitiveness. And, they have a fabulous goalkeeper and you have to know that if they’re alone receiving the ball, she’s going to come right up on you and we tried to work on it in practice and you have to be able to use your teammates when you’re in the circle.”
Olivia Krogermeier scored on a penalty stroke to give Emmaus a 1-0 lead over Parkland and Leah Zellner added two second-half goals to seal the win. The penalty stroke goal was Krogermeier’s sixth of the season.
With the victory over Parkland, Emmaus finished off its third straight undefeated regular season, finishing 18-0 and stretching its win streak to 73 games. The Hornets stretched that to 74 games with a win in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs against Whitehall, downing the Zephyrs 7-0 Saturday. The win advanced Emmaus to Tuesday’s semifinals against Stroudsburg.
Against Whitehall, Emmaus led 3-0 going into halftime with all three goals coming off the stick of Riley Baughman. Just 44-seconds into the second half, Zellner, the team’s leading scorer, added her 47th goal of the season and Baughman added a fourth goal. Krogermeier and Annika Herbine also added goals.
While Emmaus wouldn’t mind an EPC championship, the Hornets are even more focused on winning a 29th consecutive District 11 championship, along with a third straight and 13th overall PIAA championship. Butz-Stavin, who now has 912 wins in her career, thinks the team is playing well at the right time of the season.
“The second half at Downingtown was good and I thought that we played well on Monday [against Pocono Mountain East] and tonight [against Parkland], so I think we’re moving in the right direction,” she said.
With a win over Stroudsburg, Emmaus would advance to the conference finals Thursday night. They would be playing the winner of the Easton and Liberty game at a site and time to be determined. See next week’s Press for coverage of the remainder of the league playoffs.