The Emmaus volleyball team has been dealing with injuries to some of its starters over the course of a few games this season. Sophomore outside hitter Georgia Traynor is back after missing some time, but fellow sophomore middle hitter Adelina Rivera-Woolard was still out when the Green Hornets squared off in a pivotal East Penn Conference match up with Whitehall last Thursday night at Emmaus High School. Those are two key players at the front of the net for Emmaus, but others stepped up their games.
It’s been just over six years since the Emmaus field hockey team took to its home field and didn’t come away with a win. That time, they had to settle for a 3-3 tie against Penn Manor in a nonconference game on September 12, 2009.
That streak was put to the test Saturday in another nonconference game, this time against Owen J. Roberts. Heroics from Meredith Sholder, who scored twice in the span of five minutes, gave Emmaus a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in overtime.
In back-to-back games, the Emmaus girls soccer team has come away with ties against good teams.
First, there was a scoreless tie with Central Catholic (8-3-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 10-3-1 overall), followed by a 1-1 tie with Nazareth (8-2-2, 9-3-2) on Saturday. In their last seven games, Emmaus has gone 3-2-2, putting the Hornets in the discussion for a strong enough push to make districts.
Emmaus junior Sam Fritzinger didn’t get off to the best of starts during last Thursday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Golf Tournament at Woodstone Country Club. Through nine holes she was at 10-over par after starting her round on the sixth hole.
But once the final nine-hole stretch got underway, so did Fritzinger’s quest for her first EPC title after winning districts last year.
Friday night’s originally-scheduled game against Liberty was moved up 24 hours with the unknown weather conditions of Hurricane Joaquin looming.
But it was another hurricane that gave Emmaus problems on Thursday night.
While Emmaus scored 24 points in the opening half, thanks in large part to 179 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Kyle Boney, Liberty took a 28-24 lead into the break. There was certainly confidence and a bit of momentum on Emmaus’ sideline, yet the Hurricanes were the ones leading going into the locker room.
The second half was a different story.
During the first half of last Friday night’s game against Nazareth, it looked as though Emmaus was going to find itself on the winning side of things. Kyle Boney was running the ball with somewhat ease (157 yards and 4 TD’s), and the Hornets were controlling the tempo. Emmaus seemed poised to get to .500 with a home win.
But then the Blue Eagles offense took over and didn’t stop scoring, and Emmaus couldn’t find anymore ways to score, as they fell 49-36.
Emmaus girls soccer team suffered a tough loss to Whitehall Monday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Zephyrs. The loss dropped Emmaus to 5-5 in the EPC and 5-7 overall on the season.
Emmaus had won three of its last four contests coming into the game, picking up a pair of 9-0 wins over Freedom and Pocono Mountain West and beating East Stroudsburg 7-0. The only loss during the 3-1 stretch was a 1-0 game at Pleasant Valley.
Every team has some things to work on, but the Emmaus boys soccer team is generally at a point where it’s more a matter of fine tuning than a full work load of things to fix.
The latest example was a 4-0 win over Whitehall Monday night at Memorial Field. Noah Bacon led the way with two goals, both set up on corner kicks by Kacper Grycel.
The two teams battled for just over 21:00 in the first half before Jon Heberlein poked one past Whitehall goalkeeper Aaron Sierra for a 1-0 lead.
Later in the first half, the Grycel-to-Bacon connection started to hit.
Emmaus cross country coach Dan Wessner had high hopes for both the girls and boys teams heading into Saturday’s PIAA Foundation Invitational in Hershey.
Thanks in large part to the top runners on each side, both Emmaus teams were able to meet those expectations. Senior Katie Bacher placed third in a time of 19:08 to pace the Hornet girls to a 10th-place finish; senior Greg Jaindl came in 39th (17:23) to lead the boys team.
When the Emmaus football team walked to the halftime locker room, the scoreboard read Emmaus 28, Visitor (Nazareth) 21. But then the wheels fell off.
The next 22 points of the game were scored by the Blue Eagles, and just as the Green Hornets began to battle back in the scoring category, fatigue seemed to set in and Emmaus could not fight all the way back, losing to Nazareth 49-36 last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.