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EHS boys field two teams in LVSSL

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Summer league soccer is about working in new players, schemes and just trying to get better overall for the upcoming fall season that is now less than two months away.

The Emmaus boys soccer program is also trying something different this year. For the first time in their Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League play, the Hornets split into two teams in the two divisions, dividing half of their varsity and JV squads equally between the two teams.

Both of those squads have found success this summer in each division, and that continued in games Monday night at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus. Both Emmaus Green and Emmaus Gold defeated Easton Red and Easton Black, respectively. The win wraps up the regular season for the Gold, while the Green team finishes play Wednesday before postseason action next week.

“This is new for us this year in dividing teams, so we have some positives and some negatives we’re looking at,” said assistant coach and JV head coach Andy Squire. “[Head coach John Cari] decided to mix and match the teams evenly with varsity and JV players. There’s no real rhyme or reason. But we’re happy with how both teams have performed during the regular season, especially when we get good numbers like we did tonight.”

With vacations and other summer activities taking precedence over summer league soccer, Cari and Squire have had to work with sparse numbers at times. But Monday the cupboard was full with Green Hornets players, and both teams proved to be better than the Red Rovers on the field.

Emmaus’ Group A team, Hornets Green, scored six first-half goals and did not allow one on the defensive end in taking down Easton Red 8-0 to remain unbeaten at 9-0 with one game left in regular season action. The Hornets out-shot the Red Rovers 28-1 and never really faced any pressure on their goal.

“When we have a full team we know how good these guys can be,” Squire said. “We just want them to be able to get their touches right, know how to work with each other, whether its varsity guys or JV guys, anyone can get the call. We want both of these teams to be ready to go come the fall.”

Hornets Gold had a tougher go as it had to hold on to beat Easton Black 2-1 in a matchup of the second- and third-place teams in Group B. Emmaus is now tied with Easton at 6-2-1.