Hornets' Offense Comes Alive With Win At Home Versus Zephyrs
The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team returned to its winning ways, beating Whitehall 5-1 at home on Saturday October 6. With 5 of 7 Hornet seniors on the bench with injury, the underclassmen rose to the occasion. Junior Marco Silva opened the scoring for the Hornets early in the first half, dribbling unchallenged from midfield to the top of the box and finding a narrow opening between two defenders to send the ball into the far side of the goal. Midway through the first half, senior Jake Groh touched a through ball to a crashing Silva on the left side of the box. Silva crossed the ball toward the far post where junior forward Nate Romig knocked in the goal to up the Hornets lead to 2-0. Back and forth, both Whitehall and Emmaus threatened throughout the first half and junior keeper Chris Buck made several saves to preserve the Hornets’ lead. With 50 seconds to play, Whitehall had a free kick from the top left of the box and was able to score with a header to bring the score to 2-1 at halftime. Early in the second half, junior midfielder Pat Walsh gave the ball to Groh at midfield and was on the receiving end of a give-and-go to dribble to the corner. Walsh crossed the ball, Silva dashed over the ball to draw the defense, but left it through to Groh in the middle of the box to direct it low into the far side of the goal for a 3-1 lead. Groh converted a penalty kick after he was brought down in the box with 10 minutes to play. A minute later, Groh scored his third goal of the day after senior AJ Febbraro, trying his casted hand at defense, sent a ball from the backfield that snuck past a defender to find Groh in stride at the top of the box. Groh juked a retreating defender, and sent in the shot below the keeper’s reach for a 5-1 final. Emmaus’ record improves to 14-3-0 overall, and 12-3-0 in conference.
The Hornet JV continued to win, downing the Zephyr JV 3-0. Sophomore Brian Flor scored all 3 goals for the Hornets, upping his team-leading total to 18 goals on the season before contributing significant minutes in the varsity win later in the day. This marks the 12th consecutive game the Hornets have not allowed a goal and the 10th consecutive win. The JV record improves to 13-2-2 overall, and 13-1-1 in EPC play.