At the season’s halfway point, things are rolling along pretty well for the Emmaus girls soccer team.
The Hornets have hit a couple quick speed bumps but are at 6-2-1 overall this season and 5-2-1 on the season in the East Penn Conference, and getting better with every game.
This past week was a somewhat quiet week for the team with just one game, a 9-0 win over Dieruff.
In the win over the Huskies (1-7), Lauren Latchford scored twice, while Gianna Albanese, Maddie Fey, Kayla Griffith, Carly McGrath, Shania Merhtens, Sarah Smith and Lily Schmitt all tallied one goal.
In a game where both teams had a lot of scoring opportunities that they couldn’t cash in on, Emmaus wound up with a 1-0 win over Northampton to open the high school soccer season this past Saturday.
Grace Eisenhard’s shot bounded back to the front of the net and even though junior Sydney Cole had a Northampton defender on her, the things she learned in camp this summer came into play as she was there to fight off the defender for what looked like an easy goal.
After a hard fought 3-2 win over Northampton Friday afternoon, the Emmaus boys soccer team was back at it again just under 24 hours later to face a tough Cumberland Valley team at Memorial Field.
The Hornets never really seemed to get on track and fell 2-0 to the Eagles, who got a goal from Christian Esquivias early in the first half and then another almost halfway into the second half of the game from Eric Leach.
The Emmaus High School baseball team saw its baseball season come to an end with a 7-3 loss to Pocono Mountain East in the District 11 quarterfinals.
Emmaus finishes the season with a mark of 16-6 after finishing their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule at 12-4. The 2018 season almost mirrored the results of the previous year when it went 16-7, 12-4 and lost to Parkland in the EPC semifinals and to Liberty in the district semifinals.
Emmaus softball came into the season with extremely high expectations. After a 20-5 campaign in 2017 and five seniors on their roster, it was assumed that the Lady Hornets would simply breeze through the season.
Nothing is ever easy in the East Penn Conference and after starting 4-0 with three of the wins coming against non-conference opponents, reality started to set in. Emmaus went on to lose three straight and then take a bit of a roller coaster ride through much of the schedule with a win or two followed by a loss or two. The team finished the season 11-10 overall.
Eight different players drove in runs for Emmaus in the opening game of the District 11 softball playoffs to lead the Lady Hornets to a 15-7 win over Whitehall. The win advances Emmaus to the quarterfinals against a tough Parkland team that has beaten the Hornets twice during the regular season.
Emmaus came into the final week of the regular season with its task easily defined, but not necessarily easily achieved.
The Hornet softball team had to find two wins among its final three games of the season to reach districts. That task includes games against Whitehall (7-8 EPC, 11-8 overall), East Stroudsburg South (3-12, 3-15) and Central Catholic (3-13, 3-15).
With Whitehall being the toughest of the three games, the Lady Hornets didn’t shy away from the challenge and wanted a win against the Zephyrs to start their week.
The plan was for Emmaus and Northampton to play their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, the site of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The weather didn’t cooperate and left the teams to just hang out at the soggy field dreaming about what it might have been like to play there. Fortunately, there are a lot of other things to do in Cooperstown, not the least of which is a tour through the Hall of Fame museum.
When Emmaus beat Pleasant Valley very early in the season, the Hornets won in convincing 5-2 fashion as the Bears got off to a 1-5 start. Fast forward to the District 11 team tournament and that 1-5 team came in at 13-5, riding a 12-match winning streak.
For third-seeded Emmaus, the red hot sixth-seed Pleasant Valley wasn’t necessarily a great draw, but Hornet head coach Dimitri Diamandopoulos also saw some bright spots in the matchup.
After a slight bump in the road, the Emmaus offense has come roaring back and the Hornets have won three straight games to push their record to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. To go with the hot hitting, the team’s pitching has surrendered just four runs over those last three games.
With their first loss of the season coming just a day before, Emmaus got right back to their winning ways, beating a strong Blue Mountain team 2-1. The Eagles figure to be a force in District 11 play and are 6-2 overall on the season.