October 30, 2018
By: Erica Rose
If there was one thing that was going to be certain Monday night in the first District XI 3A field hockey semi-final game, it was going to be an OT victory. Who would it be? Well that could have been either team, as Easton and Pocono Mountain East faced off for the third time this season. The prior two matches also ended with the teams heading to extra time, where they split. This one, however, had a lot more on the line, as it was literally win or go home. The winner would not only advance to the District XI final on Wednesday night, but also qualify for the state playoffs. So it’s no surprise that these two battled. I’m not going to lie, I thought the Cardinals were going to be the ones moving on in the second half. They out shot the Red Rovers, and forced five corners in the final six minutes, which saw one shot bounce off the post, and one barely go wide. But, these missed shots were key. Not only because it kept the Red Rovers in the game, but because they knew if the Cardinals were going to score it was going to be then. The fact that they didn’t, that the defense stayed strong, was a sign for this team. Indeed it was because just over five minutes into OT, the Red Rovers were the ones celebrating. Annie Walsh was the one to get it into the circle and Riley McDonald was there to get the deflection off of pads, and the rest is history.
The second semi-final game of the night was a little more one sided, but who is really surprised by this? The 22-0 Emmaus Green Hornets just won their 4th straight EPC title, and they never fail to impress. Monday night, they had to get past Stroudsburg in the second round, who put up a good fight, but just couldn’t hang. Riley Baughman, the team's leading scorer, ended up scoring both goals for the Hornets who won 2-0 to advance to the championship on Wednesday at Whitehall.
The Green Hornets are now just one win away from winning their 30th straight District XI title. They will go up against Easton in what is becoming somewhat of a rivalry. The Hornets just beat the Red Rovers 2-1 in the EPC championship, which still stings for the Red Rovers. They also defeated them 2-1 in the DXI championship a season ago. So to say the Red Rovers want this is an understatement. Time of possession will be key for both teams in what is sure to be another exciting match. Capitalizing on opportunities will also be a difference maker for Easton. In the end one thing will be certain: history will be made. The Green Hornets will either be hoisting the trophy for the 30th straight time. Or the Red Rovers will be ending that run becoming the first conference team since 2014 to defeat the Hornets.