Krogermeier scores semifinal goal
The adage winners find a way to win was very applicable Saturday afternoon for the Emmaus field hockey team.
Locked in a deadlock with Owen J. Roberts, the Lady Hornets needed to find a way to capitalize with time just over 20 minutes of play after taxing the Lady Wildcats defense nearly the entire contest, it finally happened.
A pair of senior standouts for the Hornets hooked up with 18:33 to play in the second half to score the lone goal. Olivia Krogermeier flicked in the shot after receiving a pass form Emily Ingalls to score the game’s only goal and the defense staved off any further threats for a 1-0 win in the PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal at Exeter High School.
“We finally got a corner and we executed on a corner,” said Emmaus head coach Sue Butz-Stavin. “Some days you’ve got to make the best of it. Owen J. did a great job of controlling the midfield.”
What this encounter turned into was a defensive battle, and the Hornets got some sensational play from senior Allison Johnston.
“Allie really made some terrific moves in the back and saves, she covered a couple of times for our right back and left back so,” said Butz-Stavin.
For sure, OJR had its share of opportunities. In the first half, the Wildcats had four shots and a corner, with Hornet goalie Claire Nielsen thwarting the opponent’s shots with four saves. On the day, Nielsen would turn away seven shots.
“They’re so hard to beat,” said Wildcat head coach Amy Hoffman. “We knew where their toughest play would be in the (middle of the field) and we tried to get things up the sidelines. We had some success, but we just didn’t capitalize.”
Not too many teams are successful at trying to fend off Emmaus. That’s why the Green Hornets are now 26-0 and headed to another state championship and trying to defend the mantle.
“We need to work on our ball possession better,” offered Butz-Stavin. “Any type of ball that was off our stick OJ took from us.”
Emmaus had 10 shots on goal, including six corners, five of those coming in the second half. Nielsen never wavered in goal, turning away seven attempts by the Wildcats, four of which came in the opening half. Wildcat goalkeeper Cassie Mickelsavage also had seven saves.
While Nielsen, Krogermeier and Johnston were in the forefront, the Hornets were led as well by the strong play of Emily Ingalls, Leah Zellner, Kacie Patton.
Emmaus advanced to the semifinals to face District 1 champ Downingtown West on Tuesday. That game was played after Press deadline.
“It’s absolutely wonderful, any time you get an opportunity to move on and practice another day,” said Butz-Stavin. “It’s always great.”