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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.
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.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced post-season tournament seedings and matches. Emmaus finished the regular season tied for 2nd best conference record (13-3-0) with Parkland and Easton. Based on head-to-head records and power ratings, Emmaus was named second seed after tiebreakers were calculated. Liberty enters the tournament as first seed with a 15-1-0 conference record. The Hornets open the tournament at home Saturday October 12, 2:15 PM, against 7th seed Freedom (9-7-0 EPC, 10-8-0 overall). EPC semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday October 15 and finals are scheduled for Thursday October 17.
The document 2019_EPC_Fall_Brackets.pdf was attached to this post.
The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team traveled to Cedar Crest College on Monday October 7 to defeat Central Catholic 2-0 and close out the regular season. With the win, Coach John Cari earned his 250th career win in his 15th season as Emmaus Head Boys Soccer Coach, for an average of 16.7 wins/season. In a drenching rain, the Hornets dominated possession, and generally controlled the tempo of the game, but couldn’t get on the board until early in the second half. Junior Hudson Peck served a corner kick that junior Pat Walsh charged and chested into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Junior Josh Whalen added an insurance goal later in the half, driving senior AJ Febbraro’s corner to the far side of the goal, to record his first career varsity goal. With the win, Emmaus seems back on track for the playoffs, and closes the regular season with an overall record of 15-3-0 and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference record of 13-3-0. EPC playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday October 12.
After 3 consecutive losses, the Hornets dropped out of the PA top ten but had an Honorable Mention in the PA Soccer Coaches Association Poll.
The Hornets are in second place in the EPC Skyline division, and are in a 3-way tie for second best overall conference record. http://epc18.org/standings
The Hornets remain at the top of the District XI AAAA power rankings. http://districtxi.gimpsoftware.com/Soccer%20-%20BoysXIRanking.html
2019 Season Statistics can be viewed on the following document.
The document 19EmmausBoysStatistics5.pdf was attached to this post.