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.
Even before the tennis season got underway, Emmaus coach Dimitri Diamandopoulos warned that the schedule was much tougher late in the season than it was early in the season.
When the team won its first five matches, he was still singing the same tune. When they were 6-1, he pointed out remaining matches against Freedom, Nazareth, Parkland and other teams who were all strong.
The Emmaus girls soccer team seemed to be rolling with wins over Whitehall and Nazareth followed by a 2-2 tie against Central Catholic that saw the Hornets fall behind early and then rally to tie the Vikettes. After that came a 9-0 win against East Stroudsburg North and a 1-0 nonleauge loss at Wilson West Lawn against a tough Owls team.
The Hornets figured to bounce back against Pocono Mountain East (6-1) on Saturday. Instead, the team came out flat and lost 4-1.
With a remaining schedule filled with tough matches, the Emmaus girls tennis team really needed a win against Northampton. Like Emmaus, the Konkrete Kids were in need of a win to keep their District 11 rankings in place. The two teams usually play each other tough and the latest meeting was no different, with Northampton escaping with a 4-3 win.
The loss dropped Emmaus to 6-4, while Northampton moves to 5-4 on the season.
For the Parkland field hockey team, coming into Saturday’s game at Memorial Field was like heading into the Super Bowl. Not only were the Trojans facing their rival, but they would have liked nothing more than to deny coach Sue Butz-Stavin her 900th career victory. They came close, but in the end, the Hornets celebrated the milestone after a 2-1 win in overtime.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately, that wase their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
The Pigs weren’t helped by what a video replay showed to be a bad call in game four of the series.
The Emmaus tennis team lost its perfect record when it dropped a 4-3 decision to Central Catholic. The Vikettes (5-3, 6-3) swept the singles matches and picked up their fourth win in number-two doubles. Emmaus rebounded quickly though with a sweep of Pocono Mountain East on Monday to move its record to 6-1 on the season.
In addition to losing for the first time as a team, it was the first time that any of the Emmaus singles players lost a match this season, and was the first loss of the season for the doubles team of Xinyi He and Shannon Stewart.
After opening the season with a loss to rival Parkland, Emmaus boys soccer team could have gotten into a bad place pretty quickly. Instead, the Hornets regrouped and came back the next day with a win over a tough Cumberland Valley team. Since then, they’ve rattled off wins against Whitehall and Nazareth. On Monday they added Central Catholic to the list.