November 15, 2017
By: Erica Rose
Well, they say all good things must come to an end and that was the case for the Emmaus field hockey team last night who saw their win streak snapped at 81; Just 7 wins shy of the national record. The Green Hornets who finished the season 26-1 were denied the opportunity of playing for a three-peat in the PIAA 3A tournament. The team to do it: Downingtown West. The whippets were out for revenge (Emmaus def. them in last years Quarterfinals on a stroke) and that was clear right from the start. The whippets were strong and fast, with at least 6 Division I players on the field and it showed. The three goals (the most the Green Hornets allowed this season) were quality shots. Two of them came off of corners, which was a little surprising to Head Coach Sue Butz-Stavin as defending corners has been their back bone this season. However, there was not much the team could do about these. Emmaus scored with 6:38 left in the game off a penalty stroke taken by the teams leading scorer, Leah Zellner, who capped off an outstanding senior season with 53 goals. But in the end, it was not enough. Emmaus had lost 3-1.
As coach said, anytime you walk off the field with a loss as a senior it stings and yes the team was shedding a lot of tears of sadness last night, but lets remember all the tears of joy that have come for these girls over the past four years:
105-3-1 was their Varsity record
26th, 27th, 28th and 29th consecutive District XI Titles
Four straight PIAA State Final Four appearances
Two straight PIAA Championships
Congratulations to the Emmaus field hockey team, Coach Butz-Stavin and the entire program. It has been exciting covering you over the past few years and it was thrilling to watch all that you accomplished. However, there is always next season and I’m pretty sure it will be the start to another great run.