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Press photo by Linda RothrockKorrine Andersch and the NHS girls fell to Emmaus 3-2 on Saturday. Press photo by Linda RothrockKorrine Andersch and the NHS girls fell to Emmaus 3-2 on Saturday.
Press photo by Chuck HixsonBrady Rimple helped to keep the boys in the game against Emmaus. Press photo by Chuck HixsonBrady Rimple helped to keep the boys in the game against Emmaus.

Boys fall to Emmaus

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by chuck hixson Special to the Press in Sports

First year coach Ryan Brazuk would have loved to have his team knock off perennial power Emmaus in the season opener, but short of that, he wanted his team to play a game that they could be proud of at the end of the game.

Northampton lost to Emmaus 4-0, but Brazuk was encouraged by his team’s effort and left the field feeling proud of how his team played against one of the better teams in the Lehigh Valley.

The first 40 minutes of the game wound up scoreless, but Emmaus (2-0 overall, 1-0 EPC) did start to put some shots on goal late in the first half, only to have senior Brady Rimple stop them. Rimple finished the day with seven saves, making several acrobatic stops on hard shots.

“Brady is a great goalkeeper. He had some nice top corner saves, some nice low ones. He’s an amazing talent and the scoreboard does not reflect how he played,” said Brazuk.

Almost seven minutes into the second half, Hudson Peck scored the first of his two goals for Emmaus, firing a shot to the far side of the net to beat Rimple. Jake Groh tallied his first goal of the season and after Peck scored his second of the day, Marco Silva put a shot past Rimple with just over nine-minutes left to play.

Northampton (0-1, 0-1) was able to manage just one shot on goal in the game, but did get better pressure into the Emmaus zone later in the contest.

“I just made sure that the guys know that sometimes the scoreboard does not always reflect how you play,” stressed Brazuk. “I truly believe that we gave it our all, we worked hard today, there were passing, they were moving, they were communicating and the most important thing is that they did not quit.

“It’s tough playing against a team that’s picked to win districts, but it’s also a great steppingstone for us because we know where we have to be now. They’re a great team, but they’re a beatable team.”

Brazuk has stressed seeing development from his players every time they take the field against a team. They played well in two preseason scrimmages and with the effort against Emmaus, Brazuk believes that the development he wanted to see is taking shape.

“We played Catasauqua and Minersville [in scrimmages] and they weren’t much of a test for us and we blew them both out. Today we were playing a far superior team than us, but we never quit. Sometimes, hard work beats talent and you have to realize that. Our development has gone from some very low points and this was a high point today. I told them ‘I am not sad. I am proud of them today.’ They made them work for that score and they were mentally in the game and I’m very happy with the effort today,” said Brazuk.

There’s no denying that the early season schedule is a tough one for the Konkrete Kids. After Emmaus, Northampton plays Whitehall (2-0, 1-0) and then another team that figures to contend for the district championship in the Parkland Trojans (1-0, 1-0).

“We’ll learn a lot about ourselves very quickly,” said Brazuk. “They’re all teams that if you don’t work hard against them, you’re going to be in trouble. As long as we play as hard as we did today and put the effort in, I’ll come out of those games proud of my team.”

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The NHS girls season didn’t get off to the start they hoped as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Emmaus at home on Saturday.

Unfortunately no other information was available.

The girls did get a 5-1 win on Tuesday night, though, under the lights at Notre Dame.

The Kids got goals from five different players: Abbi Czarnecki, Hannah Werkeiser, Julia Minnich, Madison Eisenhart and Isabella Nota.

Assists came from Lauren Straub, Werkeiser, Kyleigh Straub and Alex Benedict

Olivia Vajda made 13 in the victory.

Olivia Shollenberger had NDGP’s lone goal.