Boys Soccer Schedule
|Home||Aug 18||10 am||Central Dauphin||Memorial Field||Tie 1-1|
|Away||Aug. 21||4 pm||CB East||CB East||Won 4-0|
|Away||Aug. 31||3:30 pm||Northampton||Northampton||Won 3-2 (1-0)|
|Home||Sept. 1||1:30 pm||Cumberland Valley||Memorial Field||Lost 0-2 (1-1)|
|Away||Sept. 5||7 pm||Parkland||Parkland||Lost 0-1 (1-2)|
|Home||Sept 7||3:30 pm||Nazareth||Memorial Field||Won 9-0 (2-2)|
|Home||Sept. 8||1:30 pm||Downingtown West||Memorial Field||Won 3-0 (3-2)|
|Home||Sept. 11||6:30 pm||Whitehall||Memorial Field||Won 2-0 (4-2)|
|Away||Sept. 13||6:30 pm||Easton||Easton||PPD|
|Home||Sept. 15||2:15 pm||Freedom||Memorial Field||Tie 1-1 (4-2-1)|
|Away||Sept. 17||5:30 pm||PM West||PM West||W 9-0 (5-2-1)|
|Away||Sept. 20||4 pm||Dieruff||Dieruff||W 3-0 (6-2-1)|
|Away||Sept. 24||6:30 pm||Easton||Easton||L 2-3 OT (6-3-1)|
|Home||Sept. 25||6:30 pm||Pleasant Valley||Memorial Field||W 4-0 (7-3-1)|
|Home||Sept. 27||6:30 pm||ES South||Memorial Field||W 7-0 (8-3-1)|
|Away||Sept. 29||6 pm||CCHS||Cedar Crest College||W 3-1 (9-3-1)|
|Home||Oct. 1||6:30 pm||Northampton||Memorial Field||W 2-1 OT (10-3-1)|
|Home||Oct. 3||6:30 pm||Parkland||Memorial Field||W 2-1 (11-3-1)|
|Away||Oct. 5||330 pm||Nazareth||Nazareth||W 4-1 (12-3-1)|
|Away||Oct. 9||7 pm||Whitehall||Whitehall||W 1-0 (13-3-1)|
Hornets quest for first EPC title since 2014 begins Tuesday as hosting rival Parkland
Matchup: No. 3 seed Emmaus (13-4-1) vs No. 6 seed Parkland (10-5-2)
When/Where: Tuesday 6 pm/Memorial Field
What's on the line: A berth in the EPC semifinals on Thursday vs winner of No.2 Freedom/No.7 PM East
Coverage: Twitter (@Emmaussports.com); Facebook (Emmaus boys soccer)
Coaches: Emmaus - John Cari (14th season), Parkland - Patrick Birns
Head to head: Teams split 1-1 (Emmaus won 2-1 on Oct. 3/Parkland won 1-0 on Sept.5 )
Emmaus history in EPCs: 2017 - defeated Easton 2-0, defeated ES South 4-0, lost to Parkand 2-1; 2016 - lost to Liberty 2-1 (OT), 2015 - defeated CCHS, lost to Parkland 2-0; 2014 - defeated Easton 2-0, defeated Parkland 1-0, defeated Liberty 2-1
Probable starters: Emmaus - Sr. Def. Callen Reid (6 goals), Jr. Def. Thomas Hanvey (3g/9a), Jr. MF Eric Johnson, Jr. F Jake Groh (13 goals/5 assts), Sr. F Justin Llado (6g/1a), Jr. F/MF Nick Cari (5g), Jr. MF Andrew Gaines (4g/1a), Jr. MF AJ Febbraro (2g/2a), Sr. Def. Connor Dang, Sr. GK Alex Tomasello GK
Parkland probables: Sr. MF Teagan Mangahas, Sr. F Brice George, Sr. MF Brian Badawika, Sr. MF Justin Douglas, Sr. MF Tsegae Geiger, Jr. MF Alex Wilsterman, Fr. Zack Morales, Sr. Def. Nathan Berger, Sr. Def. Connor Burke, Jr. Def. Bryce Shalbert, Soph. GK Victor Baran
EPC Playoffs (Quarterfinals - Tuesday)
#1 Liberty vs #8 Easton
#2 Freedom vs #7 PM East
#3 EMMAUS vs #6 Parkland
#4 Pleasant Valley vs #5 Northampton
Thursday - Semifinals
Saturday - Finals
Central Catholic 1, Emmaus 0
RECAP - It's not often that Central Catholic has defeated Emmaus in boys soccer.
In fact, it's only happened once in coach John Cari's 14 years with the Hornets.
On Thursday night, the Vikings picked up their second win, and in process, spoiled Emmaus' Senior Night.
Ryan Bower fielded a long ball from teammate from Finn McMullen in the 59th minute of the second half and headed it past Hornets goalie Alex Tomasello for the only goal of the game as Central Catholic defeated Emmaus and snapped their seven-game win streak with a 1-0 win.
"I think we outplayed them," said Cari following the match. "Up until the point that they scored, they had no shots on goal. We just didn't do the job tonight. We were not very efficient in front of the goal and it caught up to us."
The victory was an important one for the Vikes who needed a win to clinch a berth in the District XI playoffs. Central Catholic improved to 7-6-3 in the EPC and 8-7-3 overall.
"They were playing with their season on the line," said Cari. "They did a great job of setting up that goal and it was great hit. There's no shame in that."
Emmaus saw its seven-game win streak snapped as they closed the regular-season with a 12-3-1 mark in the league and 13-4-1 overall. The Hornets were shutout for just the third time this season.
"It's frustrating because we are paper-thin," said Cari of his team's rash of injuries. " We went to practice with 13 guys yesterday and we had two more that probably shouldn't have been practicing and it caught up to us."
"We weren't at our best and they needed it more than we did and they got one (goal). "It's disappointing, but we'll manage through it. "
Emmaus lost yet another player in the match as senior Creyn Muthard left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Muthard will undergo an MRI today.
For the game, Emmaus outshot Central 8-2 and held a 4-1 advantage in corners.
Prior to the game, the team honored its eight seniors: Callen Reid, Creyn Muthard, Justin Llado, Evan Witman, Connor Dang, Anthony DeCresci, Alex Aiken and Alex Tomasello.
Up next, Emmaus will now prepare for the EPC playoffs which are set to begin next Tuesday. The Hornets will host a first-round game and likely by the No. 3 seed. The official matchups will be released either Friday or Saturday.
Stay tuned for updates here on the entire EPC bracket.
CC - 0 - 1 - 1
Em - 0 - 0 - 0
CC goal - Ryan Bower
CC assist - Finn McMullen
Emmaus 1, Whitehall 0
RECAP - Eric Johnson scored the only goal needed for Emmaus on Tuesday night as the Hornets spoiled Whitehall's chances of reaching the post-season with a 1-0 victory at the Zephyr Sports Complex.
Johnson, a junior midfielder, notched his second goal of the season midway through the first half and senior goalie Alex Tomasello and the Hornets defense held on the rest of the way in posting their eighth shutout.
The victory was the seventh straight for head coach John Cari's team which is now 12-2-1 in the EPC and 13-3-1 overall. Emmaus also clinched the Skyline Division Championship.
Whitehall, which was trying to clinch a berth in the District XI playoffs, saw its hopes end with the loss as they dropped to 6-8-1 in the EPC and 7-9-1 overall.
Emmaus will close out its regular-season on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. as they return home to Memorial Field to host Central Catholic on Senior Night.
EPC Standings - Top 8 qualify for playoffs beginning Saturday:
Pleasant Valley 11-3-1
PM East 10-4-1
Emmaus 4, Nazareth 1
RECAP - Trailing on the road at Nazareth Middle School on Friday, the Emmaus boys soccer team rallied with four unanswered goals, and with it, capped off a perfect 3-0 week with a 4-1 victory over the Blue Eagles.
Senior Evan Witman scored a pair of goals in the second half - his first and second of his varsity career - to lead the Hornets who won their sixth straight game in improving to 11-2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and 12-3-1 overall.
Sophomore Patrick Walsh also scored his first career varsity goal, tying the game at 1-1 in the second half after Nazareth stunned Emmaus by grabbing a 1-0 lead.
The Hornets took the lead for good following Walsh's goal when senior Callen Reid found the back of the net with his sixth goal of the season.
Emmaus lost junior forward Jake Groh, the team's leading goal-scorer, to a head injury in the second half. Groh had to go to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he received 14 stitches.
Nazareth dropped to 1-13 in the EPC and 1-14 overall with the loss.
The Hornets return to action on Tuesday, travelling to the Zephyr Sports Complex to take on Whitehall at 7 p.m. Emmaus won the first meeting between the two teams, 2-0 back on September 11.
Em - 0 - 4 - 4
Na - 0 - 1 - 1
Em goals - Patrick Walsh, Callen Reid, Evan Witman 2
Em assists - Jake Groh, Thomas Hanvey, Cayden Muthard
EPC Standings (Top 8 qualify for playoffs) - Freedom 11-0-3, Liberty 11-1-1, EMMAUS 11-2-1, Pleasant Valley 11-3, PM East 10-4, Northampton 8-2-3, Easton 8-3-2, Parkland 8-4-2
Hornets show 'heart' in second half, rally for 2-1 win over rival Parkland
RECAP - It's not often that when Emmaus and Parkland have met over the years that one team has looked flat and not ready to play.
After all, the two schools are located just six miles from each other, and it's arguably the best soccer rivalry in the Lehigh Valley.
Neither team needs much motivation to get up for the other.
That's why it was so surprising to look at the scoreboard at Memorial Field at the half on Wednesday night and see the Hornets trailing after playing a sluggish first half, an opening 40 minutes in which Emmaus head coach John Cari called his team's play 'flat.'
Know this: There would be nothing 'flat' about the Hornets play as the second half began.
Just the opposite. Total domination.
After falling to Parkland in the last :13 seconds in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the first meeting between the two teams, Emmaus finally got the payback it waited nearly a month ago as they played arguably their best half of soccer of the season as they rallied for 2-1 win over the Trojans.
Senior defender Alex Aiken wound up scoring the game-winning goal off a header in the 56th minute of play as Emmaus defeated their arch-rival for the first time in the last six meetings dating back to last year.
The win was the fifth straight and seventh in the last eight games for the Hornets who improved to 10-2-1 in the EPC and 11-3-1 overall. Parkland dropped to 8-3-2 in the league and 8-4-2 with the loss.
"We didn't look really sharp in the first half and I was very disappointed," said Cari, Emmaus' 14th year coach. "These are the games you should want to play in and I thought we didn't show that kind of effort and we looked really flat."
"I said to them (the players) at halftime that I could yell at you but it's not worth it. We are just going to fix the problems. I made a formation change which I thought really helped clog the middle where they are really strong and the last thing I said to them is 'guys show me some heart' and that's exactly what they did. "
Did they ever.
First it was junior defender Thomas Hanvey converting on a penalty kick less than four minutes into the second half to tie the game a 1-1, and then 12 minutes later, it was Aiken who headed a crossing pass from teammate Eric Johnson into the back of the net for his second goal of the season and the game-winner.
"Eric Johnson outworked the defender twice and Alex Aiken was 100 percent committed to scoring that goal; he was going to go right through the net if he had to," said Cari. "[It was] arguably our team's best half of the season. I was proud of the effort. I thought the fight was there and the commitment was there and that is what I was most proud of."
Both Aiken and Hanvey along with fellow defenders senior Callen Reid and Conner Dang played a strong second half and senior goalie Alex Tomasello made a number of big saves to keep the Trojans scoreless after the half.
Parkland's lone goal of the game came in the 21st minute of the opening half as junior Jordan Madise scored off a rebound shot from teammate senior Justin Douglas.
Emmaus will look to continue to stay red hot on Friday as they travel to Nazareth to take on the Blue Eagles at 3:30 p.m. The Hornets cruised in the first meeting between the two teams 9-0.
Pa - 1 - 0 - 1
Em- 0 - 2 - 2
Pa goals - Jordan Madise '21
Em goals - Thomas Hanvey 44', Alex Aiken 56'
Em assists - Eric Johnson
Starters - Pa: Victor Baran GK, Teagan Mangahas, Bryce Schalbert, Justin Douglas, Brian Badawika, Tsegae Geiger, Alex Wilsterman, Luke McKeon, Nathan Berger, Yuzuki Murata, Connor Burke
Em: Callen Reid, Thomas Hanvey, Alex Aiken, Eric Johnson, Jacob Groh, Justin Llado, Nick Cari, Andrew Gaines, AJ Febbraro, Connor Dang, Alex Tomasello GK
Creyn Muthard scores game-winner in OT as Hornets survive Northampton 2-1
RECAP - Creyn Muthard was in the right place at just the right time for Emmaus on Monday night.
The Hornets senior forward was positioned in front of the Northampton goal with a little over five minutes left in the second overtime and Muthard was 'Johnny-on-the-spot' as he knocked in the game-winning goal lifting Emmaus to a 2-1 win over the K-Kids.
"Honestly, I didn't see much of it. I saw it hit off the post and I knew I just had to hit it in," recalled Muthard just moments after being mobbed by his teammates. "It fell in a perfect spot for me and the goalie was out of position. It was an easy left foot finish."
Muthard followed up a shot from teammate Jake Perry that hit the post, and the Hornets forward tucked it just past Northampton goalie Brady Rimple for his fourth goal of the season.
More importantly, it was a key win in the Skyline Division for Emmaus which won its fourth straight and sixth in the last seven games to improve to 9-2-1 in the EPC and 10-3-1 overall. The Hornets also defeated the K-Kids for the second time this season, handing them their only two losses in the league.
The overtime win was also the first this season for Emmaus which was 0-1-1 in its previous two extra-session games (1-1 tie with Freedom, 3-2 loss to Easton).
Emmaus dominated play and led in the contest 1-0 when Perry scored his first goal of the season in the 31st minute on a header off an assist from teammate senior Alex Aiken.
Northampton then tied the game at 1-1 with just 2:37 left in regulation as Russell King scored on a breakaway forcing overtime.
Neither team was able to generate much offense in the first 10-minute overtime, before the Hornets eventually won it with Muthard's dramatic goal.
For the game, Emmaus dominated in shots (22-4) and shots on goal (8-4) and held a better than two-to-one advantage (7-3) in corners. Hornets goalie Alex Tomasello picked up the win with three saves, while his counterpart Rimple made six stops.
Up next, Emmaus will get set to host rival Parkland at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Memorial Field in the second meeting between the two teams. The Trojans won the earlier meeting 1-0 back on September 5.
No - 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 1
Em - 1 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 2
No goals - Russell King
No saves - Brady Rimple 6
Em goals - Jake Perry, Creyn Muthard
Em assist - Alex Aiken
Em saves - Alex Tomasello 3
SOG - Em 8, No 4
Corners - Em 7, No. 3
Emmaus 3, CCHS 1
RECAP - Senior Alex Aiken's first half goal off a corner kick proved to be the difference as Emmaus closed out a busy four-games in six day stretch Saturday night at Cedar Crest College with a 3-1 win over Central Catholic.
The victory was the third straight and fifth in the last six games for the Hornets who improved to 8-2-1 in the EPC and 9-3-1 overall. The Vikings, meanwhile, dropped to 4-4-2 in the league and 5-5-2 overall.
Junior Jake Groh scored his team-leading 13th goal of the season in the second half, while teammate senior AJ Febbraro gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead with his second goal of the year in the opening half.
In goal, senior Alex Tomasello played an outstanding game pitching a shutout in the second half.
Emmaus will be back in action on Monday at 6:30 p.m. as they return to Memorial Field to host Northampton. The Hornets won the earlier meeting 3-2 back in the season-opener on August 31.
Em - 2 - 1 - 3
CC - 1 - 0 - 1
Em goals - AJ Febbraro, Alex Aiken, Jake Groh
Emmaus 7, ES South 0
ES - 0 - 0 - 0
Em - 2 - 5 - 7
Em goals - Jake Groh 2, Callen Reid 2, Andrew Gaines, Justin Llado, Alexzander Toto
Em assists - Thomas Hanvey 2, Llado, Alex Aiken, Creyn Muthard
Em saves - Alex Tomasello – 1, Aidan Connolly - 1
SOG - Em 18, ES 2
Corners - Em 8, ES 1
JV - Em 4-0
Emmaus 4, Pleasant Valley 0
PV - 0 - 0 - 0
Em - 1 - 3 - 4
Em goals - Creyn Muthard (2', 1st half), Eric Johnson (64', 2nd half), Justin Llado (66', 2nd half), Callen Reid (79', 2nd half)
Em assists - Alex Aiken
Em saves - Alex Tomasello 3
SOG - Em 10, PV 3
Corners - Em 12, PV 3
Em - 1-1-0 - 2
JV - Tie 1-1
Emmaus 9, PM West 0
RECAP - Junior Jake Groh registered his second hat trick of the season, and fellow junior Nick Cari his first as Emmaus rolled to an easy 9-0 road win at Pocono Mountain West on Monday afternoon.
The nine goals scored matched a season-high for the Hornets who improved to 4-1-1 in the EPC and 5-2-1 overall. PM West dropped to 2-5 in the league and 4-5 overall.
Groh also added a pair of assists in the win and has now scored at least one goal in four of Emmaus' last five games. He leads the team with nine goals on the season.
Junior Andrew Gaines and senior Justin Llado both scored their third goals of the season, while senior Creyn Muthard tallied his second to go along with an assist. Junior AJ Febbraro added a pair of assists for the Hornets who outshot the Panthers 21-5.
In goal, sophomore Chris Buck (two saves), senior Alex Tomasello (three) and junior Aidan Connolly (none) combined on the shutout.
Emmaus will return to action at 4 p.m. on Thursday to face winless Dieruff (0-5-1).
Em - 4 -5 - 9
PMW - 0 - 0 - 0
Em goals: Nick Cari 3, Jake Groh 3, Andrew Gaines, Justin Llado, Creyn Muthard
Em assists: Groh 2, AJ Febbraro 2, Creyn Muthard, Cayden Muthard
Em saves: Chris Buck 2, Alex Tomasello 3, Aidan Connolly
SOG: Em 21-5
Corners: Em 4-3
JV: Em 11-0
Emmaus 1, Freedom 1
RECAP - Despite outshooting visiting Freedom by a five-to-1 margin on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field, the Hornets had to rally late and settle for a 1-1 draw with Patriots.
The tie was the first this season for Emmaus which is now 3-1-1- in the EPC and 4-2-1 overall, while unbeaten Freedom tied for the third time this season is 3-0-3 in the league and 4-0-3 overall.
Senior defender Callen Reid scored his first goal of the season on a header off an assist from junior Nick Cari to tie the game at 1-1 with five minutes left in regulation.
Freedom had taken a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute of the second half on a Bradley Turocy goal. Hornets sophomore goalie Sam Buck was looking to clear the ball out of the box and collided with Turocy who was able to put the ball in the back of the net with the game's first goal. Turocy wound up leaving the game after the collsion, while Buck also left the game with a sore elbow. Buck was replaced by senior Alex Tomasello who played the last 18 minutes of regulation and both overtime periods.
For the game, Emmaus outshot Freedom 10-2 and held a 7-5 advantage in corners. Buck made one save in net for the Hornets, while Derek Bast had four saves and Zach Raffino five saves for the Pates.
Emmaus will return to action on Monday as they travel to Pocono Mountain West at 4 p.m. to take on the Panthers.
Freedom - 0 -1 - 0 - 0 - 1
Emmaus - 0 -1 - 0 - 0 - 1
Freedom goal - Bradley Turocy (62')
Emmaus goal - Callen Reid (75')
Emmaus assist - Nick Cari
JV - Emmaus 5-0
Emmaus 3, Downingtown West 0
DTW (1-2-1) - 0 - 0 - 0
Em (3-2) - 1 - 2 - 3
Em goals - Jake Groh (2), Thomas Hanvey (PK)
Em assists - Andrew Gaines
SOG - Em 4, DTW 2
Saves - Em (Buck 2), DTW (Miller 1)
Corners - Em 3, DTW 2
JV - DTW 1-0
Emmaus 9, Nazareth 0
Naz (0-3) - 0 - 0 - 0
Em (2-2) - 3 - 6 - 9
Em goals - Jake Groh (3), Andrew Gaines (2), Anthony DeCresci, Thomas Hanvey, Creyn Muthard, Cayden Muthard
Em assists - Hanvey (2), Patrick Walsh, Alex Aiken
Em saves - Alex Tomasello 0, Aidan Connolly 1
JV - Emmaus 1-0
Emmaus - 0 - 0 - 0
[Editor's note] Check back Thursday for more on tonight's game
Cumberland Valley 2, Emmaus 0
CV (1-0) - 1-1 - 2
Em (1-1) - 0-0 - 0
CV goals: Christian Esquivias (4th minute - 1st half), Eric Leach (57th minute - 2nd half)
Saves - Em: Chris Buck 2; CV: Luke Snyder 0, Matt Zambetti 3
SOG - Em 3, CV 4
Corners - Em 1, CV 6
JV - Emmaus 1-0
Emmaus 3, Northampton 2
Em (1-0) - 2-1 - 3
No (0-1) - 2-0 - 2
Emmaus goals - AJ Febbraro, Nick Cari, Justin Llado; Assists - Jake Groh 2; Saves - Chris Buck 5
Northampton goals - Jacob Auger 2; Saves - Brady Rimple 4
SOG - Em 7, No 7
Corners - Em 3, No 1
JV - Emmaus 1-0
|2||Callen Reid - Captain||Sr||Def.|
|22||Alex Aiken - Captain||Sr.||Def.|