Boys soccer reaches semi
After playing 80 minutes of soccer in regulation and an additional 15 minutes in the first overtime, tempers started to flare a little between the Emmaus and Whitehall boys soccer teams as they entered the second overtime period locked in a scoreless tie. The result was a couple of yellow cards for players on both sides and a red card to Emmaus’ Jonathan Heberlein, which means he will be suspended for the District 11 Semi-finals against Easton.
The good news is that Whitehall was called for a penalty in the box that resulted in a penalty kick by Thomas Hanvey that rolled past Zephyrs goalie Alex Khoury for the game-winning goal in a 1-0 game.
It was somewhat ironic that Emmaus would be presented with a penalty kick, because earlier in the game Dakota Bauer took a PK for the Hornets and sailed it over the net to keep the game scoreless. Hanvey admitted that was weighing on his mind as he thought about how to approach the kick.
“I felt a little pressure, but I stayed calm,” said the sophomore. “I just took a deep breath, so I was a little calm and I didn’t want to hit it over. I just hit it low and soft.”
The call that gave Emmaus the penalty kick in the second overtime was also a very disputed call. Whitehall coach Chris Bastidas was upset mostly that he wasn’t given an explanation by the referees on exactly what happened or what they were calling. Cari also wasn’t given an explanation by the referees, but did get consistent observations from his players about the call.
“I didn’t see much, but I asked my guys and they all agreed that he was bear-hugging James Haag to the point where he followed him in and was physically holding him,” said Cari. “I didn’t see it, but I asked ‘what is this and what’s going on?’ and they didn’t give me any explanation. They just got out of here. I can understand why Chris feels frustrated, because they played great and he deserved a chance to go to PKs there at the end.”
Cari thought there were other calls throughout the game that could be questioned as well.
“The card here [on Heberlein] was one thing, but I thought Nick [Cari] unjustly got carded. It was a foul, but then he got carded all of a sudden, and I think that was their way of maintaining control and it wasn’t good,” said John Cari. “I just thought that Whitehall played really well. They game planned well and I can understand their frustration.”
Easton and Emmaus met just a little more than two weeks ago in the EPC quarterfinals with Emmaus picking up a 2-0 win. Callen Reid and Max Hirschhorn scored first half goals for Emmaus in that win that sent them into the conference semis where they defeated East Stroudsburg South. Their meeting in districts could again put the Hornets into a game against East Stroudsburg South if the Cavaliers can get past top-seed Parkland in the other district semifinal. If Emmaus and Parkland advance to the District 11 Championship on Thursday, it would be the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams, with the Trojans having won each of the three previous meetings.