The Emmaus field hockey team was already banged up coming into its District 11 Class 3A semifinal meeting with Pocono Mountain East on Monday night and the Hornets left even more banged up when Leah Zellner went down with an ankle injury and had to be helped off the field. The good news is that Emmaus picked up a 2-0 win to move to 23-0 and advance to the District 11 Championship as the Hornets look for their 29th straight district title.
Coaches of both Parkland and Emmaus don’t like the fact that their teams wind up playing each other a minimum of three times, and often four times in a season. The teams meet twice in the regular season and then usually play against each other in the conference playoffs and in districts.
For the second time this season, Emmaus boys soccer team has a five-game shutout streak going. Overall, heading into Tuesday’s Eastern Conference semifinals, the Hornets had recorded 13 shutouts, 12 wins and a tie. For head coach John Cari, that’s exactly how he wants his teams to win games.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I build a team defensively first,” said Cari. “I’m confident in what I have back there. I know they’re going to do their job. I know they’re going to stand tall and if you’re going to score, it’s going to take an effort.”
When Emmaus and Pocono Mountain East met during the regular season, Hornet head coach Sarah Oswald didn’t leave the field in a good mood.
It may have been the low point of the season for her team performance-wise as it lost to the Cardinals 4-1 at Memorial Stadium, putting Emmaus in a bit of a bind as far as the standings were concerned.
Teams always want to take a shot at the target on the back of the Emmaus field hockey team. This season, no team has come closer to the bullseye than Parkland, which battled Emmaus to overtime in their first regular season meeting and then stayed tough before bowing 3-0 in the final game of the season at Parkland High School.
Trojan goalie Brie Barraco turned away 26 shots in the latest battle between the two teams and Kelsey Higgins added a defensive save for Parkland.
With playoffs set to open this weekend, the Emmaus boys soccer team appears to be heading toward the postseason with a head full of steam after wins over Northampton and Whitehall by a combined score of 9-0. The Hornets have games against Nazareth and Central Catholic to wrap up the regular season. After that the Hornets will await official word of who they’ll play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, which begin Saturday.
After getting tired of participating in walks and other fundraising events to raise money and awareness for diabetes, six-year old Carly Lennett asked her dad if she could swim to raise money. After all, she had fearlessly jumped into a pool as a three-year old and immediately loved the water, so it was the perfect fit.
Carly, who battles Type 1 diabetes, has never let the disease slow her down. Instead, she’s fought it head-on, with the help of her dad, Mitch, who also has the disease.
When a team’s average margin of victory is nine goals and it wins by five, there’s sometimes a reason to be a little disappointed. Coach Sue Butz-Stavin thought her team could have played much better in a 5-0 win over Northampton (7-4 EPC, 9-4 Overall).
In the Emmaus boys soccer team’s second game of the season against rival Parkland, the two teams played much the same script as they did in the season opener. In both games, Parkland got an early goal to make things tough on Emmaus. In the latest game though, Emmaus couldn’t match Parkland’s effort and fell to the Trojans 3-0.
Just as quickly as the Emmaus girls soccer team lost a bit of its swagger, the Hornets got it right back. A disappointing loss to Pocono Mountain East was met with a challenge from head coach Sarah Oswald. She asked her team to win three conference games this past week to put it back in good standing in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The challenge was accepted and Emmaus picked up wins against Stroudsburg (3-6-0, 4-6-0), Northampton (5-3-1, 6-3-1) and Bethlehem Catholic (3-5-0, 3-5-0) by a combined score of 20-2, putting Emmaus back in the hunt in the EPC.