The first seven minutes of last Friday night’s game couldn’t have gone much better for Emmaus. But the next 41 minutes were a different story.
After taking a 14-0 lead just over halfway through the first quarter, Emmaus saw Bethlehem Catholic battle back with three unanswered first-half scores to take a lead before holding on for a 28-21 win.
Coming off last year’s league championship season, Emmaus had high hopes for this year’s Hornet football team.
After their first district playoff win since 2008, the Hornets wanted even more out of this season after going 9-1 in the 2016 regular season.
Despite two losses straight losses and a 1-2 record through three games, the team hasn’t changed its goals.
After a six-game winning streak put the Lehigh Valley IronPigs into the playoffs, a seventh straight win gave them a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five divisional series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Unfortunately, that wase their last win of the season as the RailRiders went on to take the next three games to advance to the Governor’s Cup Finals in the International League.
The Pigs weren’t helped by what a video replay showed to be a bad call in game four of the series.
The Emmaus tennis team lost its perfect record when it dropped a 4-3 decision to Central Catholic. The Vikettes (5-3, 6-3) swept the singles matches and picked up their fourth win in number-two doubles. Emmaus rebounded quickly though with a sweep of Pocono Mountain East on Monday to move its record to 6-1 on the season.
In addition to losing for the first time as a team, it was the first time that any of the Emmaus singles players lost a match this season, and was the first loss of the season for the doubles team of Xinyi He and Shannon Stewart.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team has gotten a lot accomplished through just the first two weeks of the 2017 regular season.
In their first weekend of match play, the Hornets came out of the First Kill Tournament on top after defeating Liberty. The Hurricanes are the defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champions and beat Emmaus in the same game last year.
Emmaus won the 12-team tournament, posting a 9-3 record overall while proving to themselves and the district that they will be a force this season.
After opening the season with a loss to rival Parkland, Emmaus boys soccer team could have gotten into a bad place pretty quickly. Instead, the Hornets regrouped and came back the next day with a win over a tough Cumberland Valley team. Since then, they’ve rattled off wins against Whitehall and Nazareth. On Monday they added Central Catholic to the list.
The Emmaus field hockey team hasn’t faced a lot of tough competition yet this season. Through four games, the Hornets have outscored opponents by a combined mark of 41-0, including a 12-0 dismantling of Council Rock North over the weekend.
That’s going to change this week when Emmaus gets its first real test against an undefeated Liberty team that knocked off Easton this season, and has opened some eyes through the early going.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have been putting aside their heated rivalry, and instead have been coming together of late to play for a good cause.
For the fifth straight year, the Green Hornets and Trojans met on the field the Red Card Cancer Game, showcasing awareness for the illness and helping out a local family in need.
The teams wore uniquely colored shirts in pre-game warm-ups, and posed for a photo following the game with the words ‘Fight Cancer.’
The meaning of the game was a win, but the outcome wasn’t as good for Emmaus.
Whitehall’s Braxton Marrero and Emmaus’ Sone Ntoh can attest to the redemptive power of sport as they both responded to adversity with big plays that helped make last Friday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South match-up an early candidate for the high school football game of the year.
Emmaus field hockey rolled to a 10-0 win in its season opener at Nazareth, with two players scoring three goals each in the win. Emmaus took 47 shots in the game, but held the Blue Eagles to just three shots on goal.
Annika Herbine, the lone freshman on the team, opened the scoring 2:12 into the game off an assist from Emily Ingalls.
Herbine beat goalkeeper Adrianna Johns to the right side of the goal cage to put Emmaus up 1-0. About six minutes later, Herbine scored her second varsity goal, this time on an assist from Riley Baughman.