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.
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.
They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.
Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.
Down a run entering the final frames in each of its two previous games, the squad had come up clutch.
And there was a belief the team would do it again last Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
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.
Emmaus was one of the final three girls teams still standing on Sunday of the ‘Bash at the Beach’ tournament at Cedar Beach. And with two starters missing from the high school season, head coach Kelsey Gallagher couldn’t have expected much more from her team.
The Hornets’ run came to an end in Sunday’s consolation bracket final against eventual-champion Jim Thorpe, 31-23. Emmaus went 2-2 in the tournament as it picked up wins against Catasauqua and Liberty.