The Emmaus High School girls soccer team was looking to get off on the right foot to open the 2023 regular season campaign after walking off the field last season with a sour taste in their mouths after losing both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 4A championships to rival Parkland.
The Green Hornets (4-0 overall, 3-0 EPC) are off to a running start, winning their first four games of the season, three of which were on the road. Following a 1-0 shutout in the season opener at Wilson in a nonconference game on Saturday, August 26, the Green Hornets won all three conference games last week, including victories over East Stroudsburg North on Monday, Liberty Wednesday and Whitehall on Friday.
Against the Wolves, Gabby Powell led the offense with two goals, and Julia Adams, Morgan Tandy, Mackenzie Huffer, Ananya Roy, Ashley Geder, Kam McWhinney and Sammy Walkiewicz all added one goal each to the total as eight different players found the back of the net. Tandy, Huffer, Walkiewicz and Roy each contributed an assist in the 9-0 win.
The Green Hornets had so much fun scoring nine goals that they followed it up the next game two nights later with another nine-goal contest, defeating the Hurricanes 9-0 with seven different goal scorers. Lizzie Bender recorded a hat trick to pace the offense, and Powell, Mya Cooper, McWhinney, Walkiewicz, Kirsten Esterly and Sofia Issakson each netted one. McWhinney totaled two assists, as Cooper, Vivienne Pinocci-Wrightsman and Bender all added one.
The Emmaus defense allowed its first goal of the season in its fourth game, but the offense once again did its job in a 7-1 win over the Zephyrs. McWhinney netted a hat trick, Bender recorded two goals and Ryleigh McNellis and Walkiewicz scored once.
Emmaus hosts Pleasant Valley on Tuesday and Nazareth on Wednesday this week.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER The Hornets' Gabby Powell scored two goals in a win over East Stroudsburg North last week.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Lizzy Bender works around Liberty's Hana Mohammed during the Hornets' win over the Hurricanes last week.