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The Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association named the Hornets the top-ranked large school for boys’ soccer in the state for the week of September 15, 2019. Well done lads!
TopDrawerSoccer.com also gave Emmaus a top-ranking for boys’ high school soccer in PA, a number 5 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic region, and number 38 ranking in the nation for the week of September 16, 2019.
USA Today, with United Soccer Coaches poll, ranked Emmaus #18 in the nation for week 4 2019-2020.
The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team traveled to Freedom on Friday September 13 to earn a 4-1 victory and remain unbeaten. It seemed it would be easy going for the Hornets when junior forward Hudson Peck headed a lofted cross from senior defender Joe Huck into goal less than a minute into the contest. The Patriots, however, had other ideas. The diminutive Freedom squad demonstrated “the beautiful game” with crisp, accurate passing on attack and aggressive pressure on defense. With the aid of a tailwind supporting their attack, Freedom kept the ball on the Emmaus side for much of the first half. With a side change to start the second half, the Hornets took advantage of superior size and strength to assure that, this time, in the end it was the Beast that killed Beauty*. Junior midfielder Pat Walsh headed a corner inside the far post from senior midfielder Eric Johnson’s corner with 22 minutes to play for a 2-0 advantage. Freedom countered a minute later on a penalty kick after a Freedom attacker went to the ground on a corner kick. Junior goalkeeper Chris Buck and his defense were flawless the rest of the way, not allowing another Freedom goal. With just under 6 minutes to play, Emmaus added an insurance goal on a penalty kick by senior forward Jake Groh when Peck was taken down in the box after beating a defender. The Hornets added a 4th goal when junior forward Andrew Gaines passed a ball down the left side beyond the defense for streaking junior forward Marco Silva. Silva made a few touches then fired the ball into the far side of the net with 3 minutes to play to make a final score of 4-1. Junior defender Josh Miller deserves recognition for the countless times he converted dangerous Patriot attacks into controlled Hornet possessions. The Hornets record improved to 8-0-0 overall, 6-0-0 in the EPC.
The Hornet JV dominated the Freedom JV 7-0. Sophomore forward Logan Mains and sophomore midfielder Robbie Machado each had two goals. Sophomore forward Bryan Flor, freshman midfielder Ryan Latchford, and freshman midfielder Teddy Coenen had a goal apiece. The Emmaus JV record improved to 4-2-2 with the win.
*Literary reference from 1933 King Kong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMNICLfHE3M
In a game that started on Wednesday September 11, but was postponed due to lightning with 6 minutes to play in the first half, Emmaus Boys Soccer beat Easton by a score of 5-0. The Hornets controlled the pace of play throughout the game. Junior forward Hudson Peck was awarded the first goal of the game after an own-goal by Easton. Peck scored again, his 5th of the season, from a cross given by senior forward Andrew Gaines across the top of the box through junior midfielder Marco Silva. Junior midfielder Josh Whalen facilitated the 3rd goal of the half, dribbling almost to the post and delivering a ball 6 meters in front of the goal that senior forward Jake Groh hammered into the twine. On the following day and in the second half, Gaines passed to Silva, who turned on the ball and drove it just inside the far post for the 4th goal. Groh finished the scoring for the Hornets, taking a touch off sophomore defender John Hanvey’s cross and scoring his 4th goal of the season. The Hornets record is now 7-0-0.
The Hornets JV squad tied Easton JV at 0-0,
The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team was ranked 5th in the state for large schools in the September 9 PA Soccer Coaches Association poll.
TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the Hornets 9th in Pennsylvania in their September 9 listing.
USA Today ranked Emmaus Boys Soccer 10th in the PA/NJ region on September 8.
Congratulations to The Emmaus Girls Soccer Team who were ranked 9th in the state in PA Soccer Coaches Association poll.
The Emmaus Boys Soccer Team rallied from a 2-goal deficit with under 20 minutes to play to remain undefeated and post their 6th win of the season. Whitehall had a goal in the first half to take the 1-0 lead, then scored again in the second to increase the lead to 2-0. Senior forward Andrew Gaines opened the scoring for the Hornets, finding the ball in a crowded box and shooting a bullet into the back of the net. A few minutes later, junior Alex Toto, making his first start as a defender, scored from a set piece, putting foot to a ricocheting ball to tie the game at 2 goals apiece. Senior forward Jake Groh had the game winner, extending a leg beyond a defender to poke the ball beyond the keeper’s reach into the right side of the goal.
The JV Hornets dominated play against the JV Zephyrs, engineering a 4-0 shutout victory. Sophomore forward Brian Flor had 2 goals, while freshman defender Blaise Verrastro and sophomore midfielder Jack Lawrence added one goal apiece. Freshman Max McGrath and sophomore Ty Bleiler combined for the shutout in goal. The JV Hornets record stands at 3-2-1.