Emmaus boys teams both fall in overtime
The two Emmaus boys soccer teams, Hornets Green and Hornets Gold, were evenly split with varsity and JV members as head coach John Cari tried something different this summer. Each team competed in one of the two different divisions, both finishing at or near the top of the standings, with Green going 9-0 for the top spot and Gold going 6-2-1, good for second place.
But just as both squads found near equal success, they also dealt with the same disappointment. After both Green Hornets teams were victorious in the quarterfinal round, they both fell just short in overtime losses in the quarterfinals last Tuesday evening in Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League action at the fields at Lehigh University’s Stabler campus. Hornets Green fell to eventual champion Easton Black 5-4 after an own goal ended the game in extra time, and Hornets Gold dropped a 2-1 decision to runner-up Pennridge.
“It was an unlucky night,” said head coach John Cari. “Having both teams lose the way they did and come up so close is disappointing. But I was very pleased as a whole with how the teams played all summer. We got two teams in this year, splitting them evenly between JV and varsity, and both had success.”
Andrew Gaines and AJ Febbraro each found the back of the net twice and helped Hornets Green battle back from down 3-1 to eventually take a 4-3 lead. But the Red Rovers scored with just under a minute left in regulation to force overtime, where they were later rewarded with an unfortunate own goal from Emmaus.
Hornets Gold also found themselves behind in their game, 1-0. But Jake Groh tallied the equalizer with about 90 seconds left to play as extra time would ensue. Emmaus could not keep its momentum going however, and the Rams netted the winner to advance.
“I’m proud of the way the guys played this summer,” Cari said. “We were able to get a bunch of guys out there, getting experience, playing with different people. This is only going to help the program. I think that this is a good building block for the upcoming season. We’re feeling good about what the future holds for us.”
Emmaus continued on with its summer success, winning an 11v11 tournament at East Stroudsburg University this past weekend, which featured several Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams. The Green Hornets took down East Stroudsburg South, followed by Valley View and then Paramus (NJ) in the final.