Girls topple Emmaus
On a muggy Monday evening, the 8-2-1 Emmaus Green Hornets descended on Northampton to take on a Konkrete Kids’ girls varsity soccer team bent on revenge. Emmaus had defeated the Kids 1-0 in the season opener on September 1st. The Kids entered the game riding a season high 3-game winning streak, having beaten Becahi, Allen, and East Stroudsburg North by a combined 26-0.
During the first half, it appeared that the momentum of the previous three games had carried over. Abby Czarnecki opened the scoring when Bella Nota set her up with a through ball at the 22-minute mark. Nine minutes later, Nota notched her second assist on a goal by midfielder Madison Watson and the Kids took the 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
As the sun descended below the horizon, Emmaus showed that they were not going to go quietly into the night. The first two goals of the second half belonged to the Hornets, with the equalizer coming with 25:28 remaining in the game. Two minutes later, the Kids found themselves trailing in a game for the first time in over a week. Emmaus kept the pressure up and continued to create scoring chances. They finally broke through and scored an insurance goal with 5:40 left.
The Northampton fans seemed to be lamenting a missed opportunity to get a win closer to district qualification, when striker Czarnecki beat two Emmaus defenders and then the keeper to bring the Kids to one down with 4:30 left to try to draw even. Two breathless minutes later, Nota brought the crowd to its feet by dancing through the Hornet defense and burying the ball into the back of the net. When the horn sounded 2:26 later, the crowd was able to exhale, and head coach Chaz Saul gathered his charges around him to prepare for overtime.
The clock was set to 10:00 and the referee blew his whistle to start play. After the furious comeback at the end of regulation, the Kids were not going to be denied. Nota once again worked her footwork magic and 2:36 into OT set off a joyous eruption on the Northampton sidelines and on the hillside overlooking Joan Kremus field.
This seventh win of the season puts the Kids two wins away from qualifying for Districts. It will be a tough road as four of the five games are rematches against EPC Skyline divisional foes Whitehall, Parkland, Central Catholic, and Nazareth. However, Emmaus learned the hard way that beating the Kids once just makes them more determined the second time around and they won’t give up until the final whistle blows.