Oak Knoll tops Hornets
The Emmaus High School field hockey team has been the class of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 for a long time. The Green Hornets have prominently taken care of business and beaten whatever team was in front of them, especially during the regular season.
But last weekend Emmaus suffered its first defeat in the regular season since 2014 when it fell 2-1 on Saturday to another national power in Oak Knoll out of New Jersey.
The Green Hornets won their two other games last week played prior to Saturday and defeated Pocono Mountain West last Tuesday on the road and then beat Freedom on Thursday. In those two wins, they combined to score 26 goals and did not allow any.
In Pocono Summit, Emmaus scored three times in all but the second quarter, when it netted four times. Sage Pilarski and Melea Weber both recorded hat tricks and Haley Kvacky, Abby Romano and Sarah Schaffer all finished with two goals. Sharlise Solano rounded out the scoring with a second quarter tally.
Weber contributed four assists and Pilarski, Solano, Jordyn Poll, Cori Campbell, Avery Burnett, Addison Povilaitis and Autum Kernechel all had an assist. Emma Cari and Aiko Price split time in cage and neither was forced into action. They outshot the Bears 26-0 and had an 18-0 advantage in penalty corners.
In another 13-0 victory, Emmaus scored three goals in the first quarter and then added five more in the second to take an 8-0 lead at halftime. Weber led the way with four goals and Emmy Horner and Pilarski both tallied two goals. Kvacky, Romano, Poll, Kernechel and Lauren Kushma all added a goal each.
Weber, Poll and Kvacky contributed two assists and Kernechel, Pilarski, Held, Romano and Gracie Huffer all had one. Cari earned the shutout and did not need to make a save as her team outshot the Patriots 29-0.
Then last Saturday, the Green Hornets faced adversity for the first time in nearly a decade. A penalty stroke by the Royals with 8:33 remaining broke a 1-1 tie and gave Oak Knoll the lead, which they would hold onto. Kushma tied the game at 1-1 with an early fourth quarter goal on an assist by Poll, the only tally for Emmaus. Cari had seven saves. Emmaus had a 16-13 edge in shots and 11-6 in corners.
Emmaus will look to bounce back as it is at Nazareth Wednesday and then at East Stroudsburg South on Friday.