The Emmaus High School boys soccer team dropped its season opener in nonconference play 3-1 at state power Cumberland Valley back on Saturday, August 26. But the first full week of the regular season was better to the Green Hornets as they responded with three straight victories, all in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference competition.
Canyon Reinhardt recorded the lone goal for Emmaus against the Eagles, and Colin Wilson made three saves. Cumberland Valley broke a 1-1 halftime deadlock with two second half goals to take the game.
The offensive scoring picked up in a big way the following game as the Hornets netted 12 goals with nine different players involved in defeating East Stroudsburg North 12-0 on Monday, August 28.
Ryan Kiernan, Marcus Puentes and Mohamed Hassanali all finished with two goals, while Pacey Santos, Ethan Ervin, Elijah Daly, Miles Cook, Conner Powell and Garran Roth each added one.
Hassanali also had two assists, while Elijah Miller, Reinhardt, Brayden Dang, Daly, Puentes, Ethan Dublin and Cook contributed one. Wilson, Will Peck and Gavin Yartymyk split time in goal, but neither was forced into action as Emmaus outshot the Wolves 35-0.
It was a closer game the following Wednesday as the Green Hornets jumped a 1-0 halftime advantage and doubled it with two second half goals to beat Liberty 3-0. Kiernan totaled two goals and Miller contributed one. Hassanali and Puentes both tallied an assist. Wilson made one save.
This past Friday, Emmaus got it going in the second half after a scoreless first half between them and Whitehall.
The Hornets found the back of the net five times to take the game 5-0. Four different players scored, led by two goals from Kiernan. Kai Mattern, Hassanali and Powell added one a piece. Mattern also led the way with two assists, with Puentes, Ervin and Dublin tallying one. Wilson finished with two saves.
Emmaus has two road contests this week as they are at Pleasant Valley Tuesday and at Nazareth Wednesday.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Garran Roth scored one of the Hornets' 12 goals in a shut-out win over East Stroudsburg North last week.