Both Emmaus boys soccer teams advanced to the playoffs of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League playoffs.
Hornets Green went 9-0 and was in first place in Group A, while Hornets Gold was 6-2-1 and placed second in Group B.
With the two squads competing in the same time slot of the opening round, Cari coached the Gold team and assistant coaches Andy and Matt Squire were in charge of the Green team.
While both teams came out on the winning end of their first-round matchups, they took different routes to end up on top.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a tough summer when it comes to wins and losses. With the graduation of its entire starting lineup, the Hornets knew it would take a lot to get back to the success of the 2018-19 season. But even in losses this summer, the team has been in each game and just a few bounces here or there from having a few more wins.
After a 5-11 season, Emmaus came into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as the eighth-seeded team, having to face undefeated South Parkland in the first round of the double-elimination tournament. The Hornets played a tough game against the Trojans, with South Parkland coming away with a 2-1 win, sending Emmaus to the loser’s bracket.
The Trojans went on to win the league title Monday evening, defeating Northern Valley in the title game.
Summer league soccer is about working in new players, schemes and just trying to get better overall for the upcoming fall season that is now less than two months away.
The Emmaus boys soccer program is also trying something different this year. For the first time in their Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League play, the Hornets split into two teams in the two divisions, dividing half of their varsity and JV squads equally between the two teams.
Missing a couple of starters and/or regular players in its rotation, and facing the runner-up from the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament last weekend, not many would have given the Emmaus boys basketball team a chance in its summer league game against Easton last week.
But the Green Hornets battled and held on until the very end, falling to the Rovers 65-56 in overtime last Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley boys basketball summer league at Cedar Beach.
After a successful 2018-19 season which saw the Emmaus boys basketball team reach the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final, the District 11 class 6A semifnals and the state tournament, the 2019 summer league has not been kind to the Emmaus boys basketball team as it opened the Cedar Beach Summer League at 1-5 through the first four weeks of play.
The Emmaus boys basketball team surged in the first 10 minutes of the second half both offensively and defensively, but was unable to keep the momentum as it fell to Liberty 41-35 last Thursday night inside the auxiliary gymnasium at Whitehall High School in the Cedar Beach Summer League.
Momentum is something that every team wants to have.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team was outscored 5-1 in the second half of its first-round state playoff game and fell 7-3 to District 12’s St. Joe’s Prep last Friday evening in the PIAA Class 3A tournament at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
The loss defeat came after Emmaus took down two-time defending District 11 champion Parkland to win the program’s first district title since 2015.
The Parkland boys lacrosse team has not only been a thorn in the side of Emmaus over the last couple of years, but it has also given the same feeling to every other District 11 boys program.
The Trojans had won the last two district championships, and grabbed a couple of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference titles along the way. They entered this year’s district title game undefeated at 20-0.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team dealt with some unexpected adversity all season. Unlike the past few seasons, this year’s team had a young and inexperienced roster and then injuries and roster turnover made it more difficult to win matches in a balanced Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.