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.
Lower Macungie entered the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in Lehigh Valley Legion. After a furious second-half charge, Lower Macungie wound up on the losing end in its two playoffs games and being bounced from the LVL playoffs in surprising fashion.
The Mustangs came into the postseason seeded fourth and faced a tough Northern Valley team in the first round. After a stumble in late June and early July, Northern Valley was arguably just as hot late in the year and coming into the playoffs as was Lower Macungie, leading to a good first round contest.
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.
The Emmaus Legion team split a double-header with Northern Valley on the final Saturday of the regular season and then fell to Coplay, finishing the year at 5-10. There is still one game to be completed, a suspended contest that has Emmaus trailing unbeaten South Parkland 5-0 in the fifth inning. That game may not be completed because of time constraints with the playoffs starting on Wednesday.
Ironically, the two teams are set to meet in the first round of the double-elimination Lehigh Valley Legion tournament.
Lower Macungie Legion manager Jeff Smith decided to start the season without players from the Emmaus High School team who were competing in districts and states at the time the Lehigh Valley Legion season opened. He could have pushed a few games back to late in the schedule, but it would have meant a hectic final week or two of the season.
The annual American Legion All-Star game pitting the best players in the Lehigh Valley League against their counterparts from the Berks-Schuylkill League was scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Reading’s First Energy Stadium, home of the Fightin’ Phils.
The game was postponed to Tuesday because of rain.
The following is a list of this year’s LVL All-Stars.
When Lower Macungie started last week with a 14-0 win over a good North Parkland team, players and coaches alike believed it could be a turning point to their season. That win has been converted into a current four-game winning streak that has the Mustangs back to the .500 mark at 6-6 on the season.
In their last four games, the Mustangs have scored 42 runs thanks to a pair of 14-run games. The pitching is doing its part as well, allowing just 14 runs over the same span, which started with the win over North Parkland.
A win over the Carbon Monarchs a week ago seemed to be just the type of win that could right the ship for the Emmaus Lehigh Valley Legion baseball team.
In three games since that win, Emmaus has gone 0-3 and has seen its pitching give up 39 runs.
Against Allentown (2-10), Emmaus held a 6-2 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth inning when Allentown put up 12 runs in the inning. Emmaus did battle back for two in the top of the fifth, but couldn’t do any further damage in a 14-8 loss.