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The Hornets traveled to Mechanicsburg Friday, August 30 for the season opener against PA Preseason #10 Cumberland Valley High School. On another sweltering day, Emmaus used a late first half goal to edge the Eagles 1-0.
Cumberland Valley looked sharp early, and the first half was an evenly fought contest. Using a series of passes to produce a short shot on the right side, the Eagles’ fans thought that they struck first. However, junior goalkeeper Chris Buck closed off the angle and the shot, to the disappointment of the Eagles fans, only caught the outside of the net. The Hornets reversed the momentum around the 7 minute mark, when junior midfielder Marco Silva delivered an in-stride pass to junior midfielder Patrick Walsh slashing across the defensive backfield. Walsh used a few touches, then delivered a strike to the upper left for the only goal of the contest.
While several opponents fell victim to leg cramps from the heat, the Hornets’ fitness shone as Emmaus dominated the remainder of the game. Emmaus opens its EPC season tomorrow, August 31, against Northampton at home.
The JV Hornets tied Cumberland Valley JV 1-1 in a close match. The Eagles struck first with 7 minutes to play in the game. Refusing to yield, sophomore midfielder Jack Lawrence delivered a low bounding shot that found its way under the keeper with only 2 minutes to play to assure a draw for the Hornets.
The Hornets received top billing in the Morning Call Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Soccer Preview today. The Hornets face their first test Friday, August 30, when they open the season at Cumberland Valley, currently ranked 10th in PA by Top Drawer Soccer.
The Hornet Varsity beat CB East 2-0 in a preseason contest held at sweltering Memorial Field on Tuesday August 20.
Junior Hudson Peck opened the scoring by turning smartly to the left off senior Andrew Gaines’ assist and drilled a shot from the top of the box into the lower right of the goal with 1:45 to play in the opening half.
Senior forward Cadeyn Muthard added an insurance goal in the second half. Junior Nate Romig gave the assist on the left side of the pitch, and Muthard made a long run with the ball to the left post where he deftly beat the sprawling keeper.
The Hornet defense used all four keepers to combine for the shutout.
The Hornet JV squad recorded their second shutout of the preseason, 1-0 over the CB East JV. Freshman Jeffrey Flamisch recorded the only tally with 7 minutes to play in the game, while the fortress-like defense assured that a single goal was enough to assure victory.