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Hornet field hockey eager to reach difficult part of schedule

For most of the 2022 regular season schedule, the Emmaus High School field hockey team has had its way with its opponents. The Green Hornets, who have won all 12 of their games to start the year, have won each game by at least three goals. The closest game was a 4-1 victory at Easton two weeks ago. Every other game was won by four goals or more.

Last week, Emmaus (12-0 overall) won its last two games of the week both 9-0 over Nazareth and Hazleton, which was followed by the win at Easton.

Head coach Sue Butz-Stavin is pleased with the outcomes of her team’s games this season and was glad that her team was tested against the Red Rovers last week. She sees these last two weeks of the regular season as a challenge for her team in not getting complacent and keeping their eyes on the postseason goals.

“The competition level was challenging,” said Butz-Stavin. “It was a great test for our defense and gave us an opportunity to tweak our structure and personnel. We are looking forward coming into the strength of our schedule to prepare for postseason play.”

Easton (9-1) is right behind Emmaus in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings and is the only team to have scored on the Green Hornets so far this season. It has been the only adversity so far that Emmaus has had to face, but Butz-Stavin is pleased with how her team had overcome it.

“The girls have been able to overcome adversity and settle into the game,” Butz-Stavin said. “We are a strong unified team and will constantly work on our networking. Every player on the team has shown growth and added to our success. The senior leadership has been outstanding and is on course with team motto ‘lead to succeed.’”

Emmaus has a home game against Liberty on Thursday in conference play and then hosts Oak Knoll in a nonconference game on Saturday afternoon.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Abigail Romano (6) and Hailey Kvacky (11) battle a Stroudsburg player for the ball during an early-season game.