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Hornets Fall To Northampton

Posted by Emmaus High School Boys Soccer at Sep 27, 2019 4:19PM PDT

The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team traveled to Northampton on Friday September 27 and took their first loss of the season by a score of 1-0. The Hornets dominated possession and shots, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior Eric Johnson was outstanding for the Hornets, dominating the midfield, generating controlled possession, and distributing the ball effectively to teammates. Northampton’s keeper made several stellar saves to keep the Hornets off the scoreboard. With 5 minutes to play in the game, the Kids were able to flick a ball, get behind the defense, and score the game winner. Emmaus’ record is now 13-1-0 for the season, 11-1-0 in conference play.

The JV Hornets were more successful, with a 4-0 victory over the Northampton JV. Sophomore Carlos Morales had 2 goals, and sophomore Holden Brown and freshman Adam Plotka added a goal apiece. The Emmaus JV recorded it’s 9th consecutive shutout, behind the effort of sophomore defenders Carlos Morales, Ryan Santos, John Hanvey, Brydon Crawford and Noah Parker, and freshman defenders Aidan Delgado, Blaise Verrastro, Adam Plotka, and Zach Bernhart. Emmaus JV improves to 10-2-2 for the season.

2019 Season Statistics can be viewed on the following document.

The document 19EmmausBoysStatistics3.pdf was attached to this post.

The Emmaus Boys’ Soccer Team bested Central Catholic 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday September 25. After a week of dominating opponents, the Vikings presented a stiffer challenge. The teams played evenly through most of the first half. The Vikings were aggressive on defense and counterattacked with each turnover to keep the Hornets on the back foot. Eventually, junior midfielder Pat Walsh opened the scoring with 7:55 in the first half. Junior forward Hudson Peck sent a ball into the box that was headed out of the crowd toward Walsh, who controlled the bounding ball with his chest and drove it low into the left side of the goal. The Vikings countered with a few minutes to play in the first half, scoring on a direct kick from 40 yards that snuck between junior keeper Chris Buck’s hands. A determined Buck rose to the occasion and made a series of diving and leaping saves to keep the Vikings off the board the rest of the way and keep the Hornets in the game. In a suspenseful second half, each team threatened but could not score. Senior forward Andrew Gaines’ energy served as a catalyst for Emmaus, as he made multiple runs down the right side to lead the attack, then somehow found the energy to sprint the length of the field to disrupt the Central counterattack. Emmaus came into overtime with a new resolve, dominating play and keeping the ball on the Central half of the field. Junior midfielder Marco Silva was able to score the game winner, beating several defenders down the middle then finding senior forward Jake Groh at the top of the box. Groh looked poised to shoot, but instead sent the ball back across the box to Silva who hammered in the winning goal. Emmaus’ record improves to 13-0-0.

The JV Hornets stretched their streak of shutouts to eight consecutive games, beating the Viking JV 5-0. Sophomore forward Brian Flor had a hat trick, netting 3 goals for the Hornets. Freshman midfielders Ty Sommer and Cameron Werner added a goal apiece. The Emmaus JV record stands at 9-2-2.

The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association again named the undefeated Hornets the top-ranked large school for boys’ soccer in the state of Pennsylvania for the week of September 22, 2019. also gave Emmaus the top-ranking for boys’ high school soccer in PA, a #3 ranking (improved from #5) in the Mid-Atlantic region, and a #24 (improved from #38) ranking in the nation for the week of September 24, 2019.
USA Today, using the United Soccer Coaches poll, ranked the Hornets #3 in the NJ/PA Region, and #17 in the nation for week 5 2019-2020.
Keep it up Hornets!

The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team scored a 5-0 victory at East Stroudsburg South on Monday September 23. The Hornet defense continued to shine, recording a 4th consecutive shutout and 8th shutout of the season. Led by senior defender Joe Huck, the only uninjured player from the back-line that opened the season for the Hornets, defenders junior Alexzander Toto, junior Josh Miller, junior Jake Hain, and sophomore John Hanvey have closed out the opposition attack. Junior goalkeepers Chris Buck and Ed Zellner directed the defense to the shutout. Goal scorers for Emmaus included senior forward Andrew Gaines, junior midfielder Pat Walsh, junior forward Hudson Peck, senior midfielder Eric Johnson, and senior forward Jake Groh. Both Gaines and Walsh recorded assists as well. The Hornets improved to 12-0-0 on the season.

The Emmaus JV team beat the JV Cavaliers by a score of 3-0. Sophomores Logan Mains, Holden Brown, and Noah Parker all scored for the Hornets. The defense recorded their 7th consecutive shutout and the team improved the season record to 8-2-2.