The two Emmaus boys soccer teams, Hornets Green and Hornets Gold, were evenly split with varsity and JV members as head coach John Cari tried something different this summer. Each team competed in one of the two different divisions, both finishing at or near the top of the standings, with Green going 9-0 for the top spot and Gold going 6-2-1, good for second place.
Recent Emmaus High School graduate Taylor O’Brien knew what she had to do on the lacrosse field for her team to be successful. And it was a lot.
She was a special player, a four-year starter, and led the Green Hornets in several statistical categories during the 2019 season including goals (59), assists (27), draw controls (84), ground balls (56) and caused turnovers (16), on her way to being honored as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Most Valuable Player.
O’Brien was also named this year’s East Penn Press Female Athlete of the Year.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had an unlucky summer for a majority of its games. With the main highlight being a Sunday postseason run in the major tournament Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament, the Green Hornets have mainly found themselves coming up just short in their regular season games in the Cedar Beach Summer League.
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.