The most successful season in Emmaus Green Hornets football history ended with a thud Saturday as the Hornets were beaten by Freedom 49-17 in the District 11 Class 6A final at Andrew S. Leh Stadium in Nazareth.
The Hornets ended the season 11-2, while Freedom (12-1) claimed the school’s first-ever District 11 championship and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals to play District 12 representative St. Joseph’s Prep.
Emmaus had gone 26 straight games without allowing more than one goal in a game and they hadn’t been beaten in those 26 games. In fact, over the past five seasons, Emmaus has allowed more than one goal in a game just six times.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team was able to check off all of its major goals this season.The team won a large number of games during the regular season, qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A playoffs, and competed in the state playoff tournament.
But the Hornets’ magical 2018 run came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs. Emmaus fell to District 1’s Garnet Valley by scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 at Upper Dublin High School.
Emmaus captured its third straight one-goal win in the postseason with a thrilling 2-1 win over Central Bucks East to advance to the semifinals of the PIAA Class 3A field hockey championship. Not only was the latest victory a one-goal game, but it took double-overtime to decide the outcome. Emmaus had previously beaten Downingtown West 1-0 and finished off their District 11 championship run with a 1-0 win over Easton.
Injuries and a tough postseason schedule finally caught up with the Emmaus boys soccer team as it fell to Abington 4-0 in the opening round of the PIAA soccer championship.
The Hornets limped into the game with a number of players banged up, but were hoping to find a way to win just as they had been doing since late in the regular season when injuries started to mount.
To win a high school football playoff game, teams have to execute, concentrate, limit mistakes and make some big plays.
The Emmaus Green Hornets did all of that in an entertaining 31-24 District 11 Class 6A semifinal playoff win over the Easton on Nov. 10 at East Penn School District Stadium. With the win, the Hornets advance to the District 11 Class 6A final for the first time in their history on Nov. 16, where they will battle the Freedom Patriots. The Patriots earned their trip with a 35-21 semifinal victory over Parkland.
Sarah Oswald knows a thing or two about soccer. At halftime of the District 11 semifinals, after observing 60 minutes of play between her team and the Lady Trojans from Parkland, she predicted that the scoreless game would need just one goal to determine a winner. She was right. That goal came from Parkland in a 1-0 game that sent the Trojans on to the district championship and ended the season for Emmaus with an 11-6-2 record.
The Emmaus football team’s offense has so many playmakers that opposing defensive units are often rendered somewhere between bewildered and hopeless. The saying “you can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them” is about right.
But last week, the Green Hornets’ offense ran into an opponent that literally wiped them out.
It had been over a decade since the Emmaus girls volleyball team won a district title. Coming into last week’s finals as the top seed, the Hornets needed only to defeat the four-time defending champs in the title match.
Playing in their first district championship game since 2014 and looking to become just the second girls volleyball program to win a district title since the 1995 team, the Hornets met a tall task in rival and perennial district championship participant Parkland.
There are very few local sports programs that can even enter into a discussion about the most impressive local sports streaks of all-time when they’re compared to what is now a 30-year win streak for Emmaus field hockey in District 11 title games. Head coach Sue Butz-Stavin and her team picked up number 30 last Wednesday at Whitehall High School when they downed Easton 1-0.