The Emmaus High School field hockey team began its 2023 regular season on a positive note, winning all three of its games during the first full week.
All three contests were in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as the Green Hornets defeated Stroudsburg in the season opener, 6-0, on Friday, August 25, then took down Bethlehem Catholic in the home opener the following Tuesday, 13-0, and finished out the week with a victory over Pleasant Valley on the road last Thursday.
Against the Mounties in the opener, Emmaus opened the game with three, first quarter goals to take a sizable lead. Lauren Kushma, Haley Kvacky and Abby Romano all found the back of the cage in that opening frame. Gracie Huffer scored in the second and both Kushma and Melea Weber added tallies in the third quarter for the Green Hornets. Weber and Kvacky both had two assists, while Emmy Horner added one. Emma Cari finished with four saves in the cage.
Emmaus had an even more lopsided game in its second game, scoring a season-high 13 goals against the Golden Hawks, six of which came in the opening frame. Weber paced the offensive attack with eight goals, scoring in every quarter, the first being her best with four. Kushma recorded two goals and each of Sage Pilarski, Sarah Schaffer and Kvacky all found the back of the cage once. Kvacky and Jordyn Poll contributed three assists, while Autum Kernechel and Autumn Held had two and Horner and Adianna Alvarado added one a piece. Cari and Aiko Price shared time in the cage, but neither was forced into action and had to make a save.
The Green Hornets then went to Pleasant Valley and took down the Bears 13-0 last Thursday. They outshot the Bears 39-0 and had an 18-0 lead in corners.
Weber scored three times in the win while also assisting on one goal. Sarah Schaffer had two goals in the win, while Horner, Kvacky, Schaffer, Kushma, Pilarski, Kernechel, Madi Lenig, Romano and Avery Burnett had one goal each.
Emmaus is set to host Northampton on Thursday before welcoming Downingtown West on Friday in a nonconference game.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Malea Weber scored eight goals in a 13-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic last week.
PRESS PHOTO BY MARK LINEBERGER Autum Kernechel fires a shot at the Bethlehem Catholic goal during last week's win over teh Golden Hawks.