Hornets edge girls soccer team 1-0
The Northampton girls soccer team traveled to Emmaus on Saturday for their EPC quarterfinal game and came away battered, bruised, and on the wrong end of a 1-0 score.
The Hornets had won both regular season contests between the teams, the first by a 3-2 score and the second 3-1.
The Kids almost drew first blood 4 minutes into the game when an Isabella Nota shot beat the Emmaus keeper and rang off the left post.
After that scare, the Hornets ratcheted up their physical play which frustrated the Northampton side.
At the 33:20 mark, Raine Korpics was taken down outside the box, but no foul was called.
Two minutes later, Becky Galicki sank to her knees in the midfield after being elbowed in the face and kicked in the hip. She was able to return later in the first half.
Both teams generated three shots on goal in the first half, but Emmaus earned 6 corners to Northampton’s 1 and was able to head in the only goal of the game off of a corner at the 13:30 point in the first half.
Head coach Michael Missmer summed up the team’s first half performance.
“Our goalkeeper (Olivia Vajda) saved us. It could have been a lot worse.”
In the second half, Emmaus’ physical play resulted in a number of K-Kid free kicks from outside the box. Alex Benedict and Abbi Czarnecki each had a run that looked promising, but ultimately the ball never found its way past the EPC’s first team All-Star goalkeeper.
Missmer explained that the team now has to refocus on districts.
“This one stings but we go back to work on Monday. Everything we really want is still in front of us.”
Northampton’s season will continue in the District XI AAAA quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 24. The team currently occupies the #4 slot, but there are a few games left in the season for other teams that can impact the power ratings and the seedings.
The EPC All-Star teams were released Monday. Senior forward Abbi Czarnecki was named to the first team. Sophomore midfielder Raine Korpics made the second team and her sister Payce was named third team goalkeeper. Kate Bonshak of Whitehall was league MVP for the second-straight year.