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Soccer team will graduate seven seniors

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Like most teams, Emmaus came into the season with plans for winning a state championship. For much of the season that dream stayed alive and the team stayed right on track with gold medals in both the East Penn Conference and districts.

There was a tough awakening though in states where the Hornets went up against District 1 opponent Lower Merion and left the pitch at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown on the wrong end of a 1-0 game.

EHS Boys soccer wins D-11 title

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus boys soccer team fought its way to a District 11 championship with wins over Stroudsburg in the semifinals and Whitehall in the finals. The win over Stroudsburg featured a combination of strong outings by both the offensive and defensive units, while the win over Whitehall was led primarily by the defense, which delivered shutouts in both games to get the wins to secure district gold and a trip to states.

Defense dominated in districts

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s often said that defense wins championships. In football, coaches talk about the defense needing to be strong as the key component of winning. In baseball, it’s all about pitching and keeping the other guys off the base paths. It’s much the same in soccer.

A good defense can make up for any potential shortcomings on offense and keep a team strong enough to win a championship. Fortunately for the Emmaus boys soccer team, there’s a solid offense helping to drive the team, but wins begin and end with the defense.

Boys soccer beats Pates

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The last time that Emmaus (19-3) and Freedom (11-10) boys soccer teams met, Emmaus beat the Patriots 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the EPC playoffs.

Freedom downed East Stroudsburg South in the first round of districts to force the rematch with Emmaus in the quarterfinals.

While Freedom played a much stronger game than in the last meeting, the Patriots were still outplayed by Emmaus, who picked up a 2-0 win to advance to the District 11 semifinals.

Girls soccer falls in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In a quirk of scheduling, the sixth-seeded Freedom girls soccer team essentially hosted the number-two seed Emmaus last week in the semifinals of the EPC playoffs when the two teams met at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

Fortunately for the Hornets, the location didn’t matter and Emmaus downed the Patriots 3-0 a couple weeks ago.

In the District 11 quarterfinals, Freedom had to travel to Emmaus’ home field and this time around it was Freedom that came out on top with a 2-1 win that eliminated Emmaus and ended their season with a 15-5-1 overall record.

Hornets win boys soccer crown

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

A three-game skid brought on by a rash of injuries during the regular season dropped Emmaus out of a sure number-one seed in the East Penn Conference playoffs and into the two-seed. The positioning didn’t matter to the Hornets, who cut their way through the conference bracket for a showdown against number-one Liberty.

The result was a 1-0 Emmaus win on a goal by senior A.J. Febbraro that sealed this year’s league title.