After Emmaus picked up a 1-0 win in a very physical contest in its first meeting with Parkland, one might have expected much of the same in the rematch. However, Emmaus came out flat and wound up on the zero side of a 1-0 overtime loss. With just 1:37 remaining in overtime, Byron Derti fired a shot that roared past EHS goalie Ethan Lang for the winning goal.
Emmaus players wanted a foul called on the play, but the referees didn't comply, giving the Hornets their first loss of the season. It ended a streak of nine straight shutouts for Emmaus, dating back to September 11.
The Emmaus girls soccer team has clinched a spot in districts and is fighting its way toward a spot in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. A win over Parkland this past weekend would have put the Hornets into the conference tournament, but the two rivals played 100 minutes and came out of the contest with a scoreless draw, leaving the Lady Hornets shy of a spot in the EPC postseason.
Coming into the season, Emmaus field hockey head coach Sue Butz-Stavin said there was a lot of work to be done to rebuild a team that was hit hard by graduation. The rebuilding process turned into more of just a retooling process. A 3-1 win over Parkland Saturday put Emmaus at 15-0-1 on the season and helped to avenge their only blemish, a tie that came at Parkland back on September 12th.
While the Emmaus and Parkland soccer teams were battling against each other in their two regular season games this season, they were also playing on the same team in helping raise money and awareness for cancer research.
More specifically, the two teams were helping 2011 Emmaus grad Andrew Schaefer, who is fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Schaefer has somewhat of a bond to both teams, since he played under both Emmaus coach John Cari and Parkland coach Patrick Birns when the two were on the same staff at Emmaus.
There are currently nine field hockey teams with winning records in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and five of them are in the Skyline Division, with Emmaus leading the group at 9-0-1. The only other unbeaten team is Stroudsburg, which leads the Mountain Division with a 9-0 record in conference play.
It's been a nice week for both the boys and girls soccer teams at Emmaus.
The boys continued their roll and clinched the Skyline Division title in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a 2-0 win over Nazareth, upping their record to 13-0-1. Meanwhile, the girls picked up the big win they needed, blanking Whitehall 1-0 and gaining some revenge against the Lady Zephyrs for last season's first-round game in districts.
The Emmaus boys soccer team continues to roll, upping its overall record to 10-0-1 on the season with a pair of wins over Pleasant Valley and East Stroudsburg South over the past week.
The two wins also give the Hornets a streak of five straight shutouts and increases their scoring advantage over opponents to 35-4 on the season.
The young Emmaus girls tennis team went into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament not really knowing what to expect. In the end, they walked away with a doubles team in the semifinals and another coming up just short.
The doubles tandem of senior Justine Wang and junior Katie Xue came in fourth in the No. 4 doubles bracket, dropping the consolation match for third place to a team from Central Catholic by a 10-3 score.
The Emmaus girls soccer team put together what coach Rob Rooney considered to be its best outing of the season in a recent 3-0 win over Pleasant Valley. The win gave the team two straight victories, but the short streak was interrupted by Wilson West Lawn, who downed Emmaus 2-0 over the weekend.
One of the stronger components of the Emmaus-Parkland rivalry comes in boys soccer and this season is apparently going to be no different. The two teams had their first meeting this past weekend with the Hornets pulling out a 1-0 win in a fiery battle between two of the better teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Just under 15 minutes into the second- half, Parker Landis fired a shot from about 25 yards put and was able to put it past Parkland goalie Evan Bleiler for the only score of the game.