Field hockey wins back-to-back games
After a big 5-1 win over previously undefeated Easton on Friday, the Emmaus field hockey team had less than 24 hours before it had a nonconference showdown with Downingtown East the following day. There was no sign of fatigue as Emmaus (12-0-0 EPC, 14-0-0 overall) remained undefeated with a 6-0 win over the Cougars.
Kacie Patton and Mackenzie Bruns each scored two goals for Emmaus, who also got goals from Riley Baughman and Kayla Kisthardt. In addition to her goal, Baughman picked up three assists in the game for Emmaus.
In the win over Easton, Patton joined Kaitlyn Csensits, Annika Herbine, Lexi Kociban and Joy Muller as the goal scorers and Baughman had two assists in that win as well.
Baughman, who had a hat trick in a 9-0 win over Northampton, has been on a roll lately for Emmaus.
“She works hard out there,” said coach Sue Butz-Stavin of the senior forward. “She could simplify things for herself at times, but I’m proud of how she is holding her own and how she continues to work hard on the field and put the ball into scoring position or finishing hard like she did in the first half. That was good to see.”
Butz-Stavin wasn’t concerned about the quick turnaround between the games against Easton and Downingtown East. She did take time to review the game films from the win over Easton (9-1-0, 10-1-0) and put a couple of tweaks in place for the matchup with the Cougars on Saturday. Any issues that are cropping up are relatively small and she believes they can be fixed before playoff time comes around later this month.
“Some of the girls stepped up nicely,” she said. “We decided to move Maddie Bruns back outside and I thought she did a nice job today and Brooke [Mancini] at times showed some nice play, but you can still see that she’s still a freshman. We still have some work to do in communication and feeling more comfortable.
“It’s nice that being challenged, we’re getting to play the full field and looking at how we’re functioning on the field and trying to stick to our team tactics. We’re still trying to finalize who is best in what positions and can the girls maintain in some positions or do we have to switch them out for recovery, so we’ve been doing a lot of moving girls around to see how they fit best for the team. I’m proud of how they held up for the last two days.”
For a team that came into the game against Easton with four shutouts in a row and in 10 of its first 11 games, Butz-Stavin referred to the goal they allowed in the first half against Easton as “adversity.” She was happy with how her team responded in the second half of the win over the Red Rovers though in getting past that adversity.
“We didn’t give up any more corners in the second half and we made sure they knew who their marks were,” said Butz-Stavin. “That was one of the problems, everyone thought somebody else had someone and that last man standing in the back has to be kept in their shift so there’s no chaos and we needed to define that. We have two rookie defenders and they weren’t marking and it broke down and the free player got open and got a shot.”
Emmaus went on to a 13-0 win over Pleasant Valley (1-8-0, 1-9-0) on Monday for tits 14th win of the season. The Hornets are off until Thursday when they host Pocono Mountain West (3-7-1, 4-8-1).
Match ups against three of the next-best teams in the EPC loom in the near future for Emmaus. On Saturday, the Hornets play at Liberty (11-1-1, 11-1-2) and then head to PM East (10-0-1, 12-0-1) and host Parkland (8-3-0, 8-3-0) next week to wrap up the regular season.