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.”
The Emmaus golf team got its postseason started last week at Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships at Woodstone Golf Club.
The Hornets’ Michelle Cox won this year’s girls title while teammate Mitch Machulsky claimed second place in the boys tournament. Emmaus, which won its second straight EPC regular season title this year, finished a close second in the team standings at the league tournament.
Cox, a sophomore, shot 7-over par 79 for first place and her second straight league title.
After a big 5-1 win over previously undefeated Easton on Friday, the Emmaus field hockey team had less than 24 hours before it had a nonconference showdown with Downingtown East the following day. There was no sign of fatigue as Emmaus (12-0-0 EPC, 14-0-0 overall) remained undefeated with a 6-0 win over the Cougars.
Kacie Patton and Mackenzie Bruns each scored two goals for Emmaus, who also got goals from Riley Baughman and Kayla Kisthardt. In addition to her goal, Baughman picked up three assists in the game for Emmaus.
Emmaus soccer coach John Cari likes a good, exciting soccer game as much as the next guy. On Monday though, he thought his team made its 2-1 double overtime win against Northampton more exciting than it had to be.
The Konkrete Kids (6-2-3 EPC, 7-2-3 overall) broke through for a goal with just 2:37 left in regulation to tie the game 1-1.
Aaron Eberts fed a pinpoint pass to Russell King, who used his speed to hold off an Emmaus defender and fire a shot to the lower left side of the goal, just past goalie Alex Tomasello to tie the game.