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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOEmmaus senior Thomas Hanvey (3) will play college soccer at West Chester University. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOEmmaus senior Thomas Hanvey (3) will play college soccer at West Chester University.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Thomas Hanvey was a senior captain for the league and district champion Emmaus boys soccer team last fall. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Thomas Hanvey was a senior captain for the league and district champion Emmaus boys soccer team last fall.

Hornets’ Hanvey is headed to WCU

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

Thomas Hanvey had a lot of options to play Division II soccer in college. Several PSAC teams recruited him during his junior year at Emmaus High School.

After giving serious consideration to PSAC East schools in Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and East Stroudsburg, he eventually chose one of the league’s most successful programs. Hanvey will report to West Chester University in fall.

“The main difference was academics,” said Hanvey, who plans to major in finance and accounting. “I liked the fit and the location. It was also the best soccer program.”

West Chester has played in the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons, including its 2018 appearance in the Division II national title game.

Hanvey was a three-year member of the Emmaus varsity team. He started in the backfield all three years after spending his freshman season playing club soccer.

A senior captain who handled throw-in duties for the Hornets, Hanvey posted eight goals and 13 assists for his career.

As a senior last fall, Hanvey broke his thumb and missed much of the regular season. Emmaus had a few injured players who got healthy late in the season and helped the team to league and district titles.

“It felt amazing,” he said. “I was 0-for-2 in my sophomore and junior years. I wanted to get one (championship) senior year and we got both.”

The year was also special because it was the first time in Hanvey’s soccer career that he was on the same team as younger brother John, a sophomore center back who played next to him on the back line for Emmaus last fall. it was the first time in their lives they played together on the same team. Winning a pair of titles made it even better.

With sports on hold for the time being, Hanvey said he misses his friends both from the high school team and from Lehigh Valley United, his club team. One of his LVU teammates, Whitehall’s Krestoff Whittick.

Heading into college Hanvey knows he will have to earn his way onto the field at West Chester and he looks forward to that challenge.

“I just want to work hard,” he said. “If I’m coming off the bench or used as a role player, I’ll do whatever the coach needs me to.”