At the season’s halfway point, things are rolling along pretty well for the Emmaus girls soccer team.
The Hornets have hit a couple quick speed bumps but are at 6-2-1 overall this season and 5-2-1 on the season in the East Penn Conference, and getting better with every game.
This past week was a somewhat quiet week for the team with just one game, a 9-0 win over Dieruff.
In the win over the Huskies (1-7), Lauren Latchford scored twice, while Gianna Albanese, Maddie Fey, Kayla Griffith, Carly McGrath, Shania Merhtens, Sarah Smith and Lily Schmitt all tallied one goal.
The Emmaus football team hasn’t lost a game through the first five weeks of the season and looks to keep it that way when it travels to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium this Friday to take on the Liberty Hurricanes (2-3).
The Hurricanes are coming off a loss to Parkland in which they were tied at halftime before the Trojans pulled away in the second half for a 19-3 win.
Liberty managed just 83 yards of total offense against Parkland.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team has been clicking on all cylinders so far through the 2018 season. The Hornets continued their win streak last Thursday night by defeating Freedom in straight sets by scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-18 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Freedom High School.
Emmaus (7-1 overall, 6-0 EPC) has now won six conference games in a row, including three in straight sets. It is 4-0 in Skyline Division games, with the Patriots (4-3, 4-2) playing in the Steel Division.
For all its formations, strategy and planning, football games are won or lost by executing fundamentals. Sometimes it comes down to winning individual match ups and making fewer mistakes than the other guy.
With the 2018 high school girls tennis season winding down, Emmaus is even at 7-7 overall and 6-5in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches.
The Hornets recently dropped matches to Blue Mountain and Nazareth, two teams that are among the top of the three in their respective District 11 Classifications.
Nazareth beat the Hornets 5-2 on Sept. 20. Emmaus’ Alyssa Mugavero and Julia Marcks teamed up for a win at No. 1 doubles, while Abirami Chinnakaruppan and Payton McGlory earned their team’s other win at No. 4 doubles.
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams know each other well. They sometimes square off as many as four times in a year, like last year.
The Trojans went 4-0 against the Green Hornets last season on their way to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships, breaking Emmaus’ streak of two straight district titles.
But despite all of those setbacks last season, this year’s Green Hornets team has a lot of talent and experience returning, while the Trojans lost more than half of their starting lineup.
The Emmaus Green Hornets play football like commandos jumping through skylights with machine guns blazing.
The third game of the season saw Emmaus dismantle Whitehall 56-21 to go 3-0 behind an explosive offensive and nasty defense. The Hornets have excelled in nearly every facet of the game.
There hasn’t been much pleasant in Pleasant Valley’s 2018 football season.
The Bears’ 63-0 loss to Northampton last Friday night is an example of what they’ve endured already during the 2018 season. But before your write off the Bears for the season keep in mind they have some young talent and are capable of improving as the season progresses.
Emmaus vs. Parkland matchups are important in every sport. The student-athletes know each other and want to beat one another.
In volleyball, the Trojans have been a dominant force over the last decade-plus, winning the last four District 11 championships. They have also gotten the better of the Hornets in a majority of those years.
But last Thursday night at Emmaus High School, Emmaus broke through and defeated Parkland, coming from behind in dramatic fashion.