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The Emmaus High School Boys Soccer Team defeated top-seeded Liberty 1-0 to earn the 2019 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship. The game was played at Whitehall High School on Thursday October 17 in blustery conditions. The only score of the contest came late in the first half, when three of the Hornet seniors came together to produce the goal. Thomas Hanvey dribbled down the left side to the end line, then crossed a ball that grazed the head of Jake Groh. AJ Febbraro was present in front of the goal and sent the ball into the net for the score. The Hornets dominated the flow of the game, producing most of the offense. Emmaus put one shot off the crossbar, another off the post, and had an opportunity for a score on a penalty kick late in the game that was stopped by the outstanding Liberty keeper. Once again, Emmaus’ defense shone, suppressing the Hurricane attack and preventing them from creating effective shots on goal. This was the 17th league championship for the Hornets, but the first for this group of players. Congratulations!

With the win, the Hornets overall record improves to 18-3-0. Emmaus will enter the PIAA District XI tournament as top seed for the AAAA division.

The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team met Parkland in an EPC semifinal match at Nazareth High School Stadium on Tuesday, October 15, and came away with a 2-1 double-overtime victory. The themes of the victory were possession, defense, and opportunity. Emmaus dominated possession in the first half, and had great opportunities including 2 open shots that snuck over the crossbar and a direct kick that struck the crossbar. However, Parkland, whose opportunities in regulation mostly arose as a result of Emmaus fouls, converted a direct kick from just outside the 18 with 5 minutes to play in the half to take a 1-0 lead. The Hornets showed the ambition to rally a minute later. Junior Hudson Peck dribbled hard to the right side of the box and crossed the ball. Senior Andrew Gaines created opportunity when he charged through three Parkland players and over the ball, which deflected out of the crowd and came to rest in front of Gaines, who poked the ball into the net to even the score 1-1. The second half, although scoreless, was dominated by Emmaus possession. The Hornets had multiple opportunities with 6 solid shots on goal, and an equal number that sailed wide or over the crossbar. Senior Jake Perry headed a corner past the keeper that put the crowd to its feet, but Parkland’s far post defender was able to deflect the ball from the goal line. The Trojans were only able to mount 3 serious threats, 2 on set plays from free kicks and 1 on a ball kicked over the defense. The Hornet defenders, seniors Joe Huck and Thomas Hanvey and sophomores Jaeden Amato and John Hanvey, repeatedly repelled the Trojan attack by header, half-volley, or body position. Junior keeper Chris Buck boldly charged down Parkland’s attempts to kick the ball over the defense. The first overtime saw the Trojans emerge with stronger ambition. Parkland put together 4 solid possessions, but the Hornet defense suppressed any attempt to shoot. Emmaus threatened as Gaines sent a cross to the far post that outreached senior Jake Groh by a whisker. Senior Eric Johnson fired a direct kick from just outside the box that the Parkland keeper was able to deflect. Parkland maintained its ambition in the second overtime, sending two deep balls with potential, one suppressed by Buck, and the other unable to be controlled for an effective shot. In the end, it was Emmaus that seized the opportunity. Huck took a ball on the right sideline and used his left foot to direct a cross that curled in toward the far post. Again it was Gaines who clipped the ball away from a defender, toed it into the diving keeper’s chest as he was knocked to the ground, and, still more on the ground than upright, kicked the rebound into goal for the win.
The 2nd seed Hornets will play 1st seed Liberty in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament Final to be played Thursday October 17, 7:45, at Whitehall High School. Emmaus’ record improves to 17-3-0 for the season.
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Senior forward Jake Groh and senior midfielder Eric Johnson were named Eastern Pennsylvania Conference First Team All-Stars for the second year in a row. They were joined on the First Team by junior midfielder Marco Silva and sophomore defender Jaeden Amato. Senior forward Andrew Gaines was named a Second Team EPC All-Star. Congratulations to much deserved recognition for an outstanding season!

2019 Season Statistics can be viewed on the document below.

The document 19EmmausBoysStatistics6.pdf was attached to this post.

The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team posted a convincing 6-0 shutout victory over visiting Freedom in the first round of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs. The Hornets welcomed back seniors Thomas Hanvey and Jake Perry after prolonged absences due to injury, and the two quickly combined for the first two goals of the game. With 23 minutes to play in the half, Hanvey lofted a corner across the goal that Perry redirected to the far post and into goal. Two minutes later, Hanvey sent in another corner and Perry climbed high to drill a header just below the crossbar for a 2-0 lead. With 7 minutes to play in the first half, senior Andrew Gaines got behind the defense and knocked in a goal from close range, his 9th of the season, to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. Senior Jake Groh added his team-leading 16th and 17th goals of the season in the 2nd half. Junior Josh Whalen scored the final tally for the Hornets, collecting his 2nd goal in as many games. Junior keepers Chris Buck and Ed Zellner combined for the shutout. The Hornet defense recorded their 10th shutout of the season. Only 3 times this season has an opponent scored more than a single goal, and no opponent has scored more than two. The Hornets advance to the EPC semifinal to meet Parkland, at Nazareth High School, on Tuesday October 15 at 5:30.

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The Emmaus JV Boys Soccer Team concluded the regular season on Thursday October 10, defeating Central Catholic 3-0. Goal scorers included sophomore Robbie Machado, freshman Teddy Coenen, and sophomore Noah Parker. With the win, the Hornet JV completed a 14-2-2 season with an EPC record of 14-1-1. The Emmaus JV team finished the season with streaks of 11 consecutive shutout wins and 13 consecutive games without allowing a goal. On the season, the Hornet defense allowed only 6 goals, and only one team was able to score more than a single goal against the Hornet JV. The JV will cap their season with a tournament at Parkland on Saturday October 19.