Matt Zerfass went into the PIAA East Regional Golf Championships with narrow goals and expectations. He just wanted to play his best and let the chips fall where they may.
He did exactly that. The Emmaus sophomore posted his fourth straight postseason round in the 70s, shooting 71 Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Course to finish tied for fifth at the regional and earn a trip to the state championships next week.
The Emmaus boys soccer team struggled through a rash of injuries that helped send it on a three-game losing skid late in the season.
The Hornets bounced back to win their final two regular season games and seemed to have found some of the earlier form that they had this season in a 6-0 quarterfinal round win over Freedom (10-9-0) in the East Penn Conference playoffs on Saturday.
Last year the Emmaus and Freedom football teams played a high school football classic with the outcome not determined until the last play of overtime.
Last Friday’s contest between the schools wasn’t dramatic, as the Patriots (7-1) dominated en route to 63-28 mercy-rule victory at Bethlehem area School District Stadium, which dropped the Green Hornets (4-4) to .500.
It didn’t start out like a rout. The Green Hornets scored on their first three possessions.
The Emmaus girls cross country team capped its second straight undefeated regular season by going 4-0 in last week’s meet.
Emmaus beat Dieruff, Allen, Whitehall and Parkland to finish 17-0 for the second year in a row.
The Hornets’ Hailey Reinhard took first place overall with a time of 19:54. Teammates Keerstin Augustin and Isabella Lees finished second and third, respectively, with both posting a time of 19:57. Kera Reinhard was fifth overall, while Madison Toretta was ninth overall to round out the Hornets’ scoring.
The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.
They weren’t the purple people eaters, but the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings ate up the Emmaus Green Hornets last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium in a 35-17 victory.
Coming off a 30-point drubbing at the hands of Easton and playing on four days rest, the Vikes broke on top and never trailed in securing the win. The loss dropped Emmaus to 4-3, while ACC improved to 4-3.
“We just did not play our best football,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “I’m not one to make excuses.”
The Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams have been in a lot of competitive matches throughout the years, and the rivals have always shared high and low times against each other.
The Trojans beat Emmaus earlier in the season, 3-1 at Parkland. The Green Hornets returned the favor on their home court, taking care of the rematch 3-1 by scores of 25-21, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action.
Emmaus golfers took home another team title Monday at The Steel Club in Hellertown, while junior Michelle Cox picked up her first District 11 gold medal with a 1-over par round 73 and sophomore Matt Zerfass finished second in the boys tournament.
Cox, a three-time East Penn Conference champ, earned the district title after finishing second in the tournament last year and third as a freshman.
As the rain poured down Monday night, Emmaus and Central Catholic battled through a scoreless first half of soccer. The two teams continued to battle through the second half, but Emmaus was able to put two shots through the rain and into the back of the net to gain a 2-0 win over the Vikings in the season finale for the Hornets.
The Emmaus boys soccer team couldn’t have asked for a better start to its 2019 season. The Green Hornets won their first 13 games to start the campaign, 11 of which were East Penn Conference games. But they finally slipped up, falling on the road at Northampton last Friday.
Unfortunately for Emmaus, it wasn’t able to start a new win streak in its next game as the challenge of winning on the road showed itself once again.