The East Penn Conference announced pairings for championship week in field hockey and boys and girls soccer.
Field hockey action gets underway Saturday.
Emmaus earned the top seed and will take on Parkland, the eighth seed at Emmaus at 1 p.m.
Liberty is the four seed and will host Stroudsburg the fifth seed at 2:30 p.m. at BASD.
Pocono East is the third seed and will host sixth-seed Nazareth at 1:30 p.m. Easton is the second seed and will host Northampton at noon.
The semifinals are Tuesday, Oct. 16 with the finals on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The Allentown Central Catholic Vikings did their best to hang around against the Emmaus football team during the first quarter of their Oct. 6 clash at J. Birney Crum Stadium. After Emmaus scored on its first possession to take a 8-0 lead, the Vikings responded and cut the deficit to 8-7.
But throughout the season the Green Hornets have displayed a penchant for going for the jugular. They used the rest of the game to pull away from the Vikings.
The Emmaus golf team wanted a postseason and title and some revenge. The Hornets got both, and more. The Hornets not only won this year’s team title, but they also crowned the team’s first boys individual champion since Brian Belden back in 2004.
The Hornets topped Northampton for the team title, 315-323, and senior Mitch Machulsky shot 75 and won the boys individual gold medal on the third hole of a playoff against Northampton’s Andrew Hozza Monday at Lehigh Country Club.
“I feel great,” said Machulsky. “It’s honestly the best round I’ve ever played.
Despite its sluggish start in the first half, there was no yelling at halftime from Emmaus boys soccer head coach John Cari. Instead, there were words of encouragement and a few adjustments.
It only took a few minutes to see how much different the Hornets looked coming out of halftime against rival Parkland.
The Emmaus has already had two memorable confrontations this season, one against Nazareth and another against Easton. This week’s battle could be even better.
The undefeated Freedom Patriots (7-0, 5-0 EPC) should prove to be a worthy nemesis for the Green Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. at East Penn School District Stadium. It is a match up of two talented offensive teams and rugged defenses.
Back on Sept. 6, nearly a month before their most recent meeting, the Emmaus girls volleyball team got the better of rival Parkland, coming back from down two sets to one, and getting an important early season win over a team that it has not found much success against of late.
But that was in the friendly confines of the Hornets Nest. Last Monday night, it was a different story.
Parkland came out putting constant pressure on the Emmaus defense and goalie Alexa Ryan. While the Hornets fended off the pressure, eventually, Parkland was able to get through the defense and picked up a 3-1 win over Emmaus in a key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.
The first meeting between the two teams went down as a historic Emmaus win as the Hornets snapped the Trojans’ 70-game District 11 winning streak. This time around, Parkland (12-2-0 EPC, 14-2-0 overall) looked to send a message.
The Emmaus boys and girls cross country teams continue to impress after an Oct. 2 meet that left the girls team undefeated at 12-0 and the boys at 10-2.
The talented Green Hornet girls downed a tough Liberty squad 27-30, Freedom 18-42 and Bethlehem Catholic 15-50 on the day, showing outstanding individual and team effort in the process. The boys defeated Freedom 20-41 and Bethlehem Catholic 18-45, but lost a close meet to Liberty 27-28.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
The 2018 Emmaus girls tennis team served and volleyed with modest improvement during the recently completed 2018 regular season and the Hornets’ coach, Brian Bleam, thinks his team’s best days could be ahead.
“I think we did pretty good,” said the first-year coach in assessing his team’s 7-8 record, an improvement from last year’s 6-9 mark. “I was hoping for a .500 season and we were very close to that. This past season was a bit of a learning process.”