Becahi boys fall to Emmaus 3-2
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Hawks would lose to Emmaus last Thursday, and even though they did, 3-2, it was not nearly in the way they expected.
“They say, ‘Fear the man who has nothing to lose.’ That was us today,” said Becahi forward Joe Hawach, whose assist set up the Hawks’ first goal by Connor Aitken with 2:21 left in the game. “I passed it, it hit off the defender and went right to him.”
What happened next would throw the game into overtime when Aitken repeated on an assist by Nick Cenek with 27 left on the clock.
“We were really pressured and actually, my center back got the ball and he played it in the air to me, and I’m not gonna’ lie, I was really feeling the pressure, but I got around the left mid, and I was able to tap it in,” Aitken said.
The first overtime provided no winner, but with 5:03 left in the second overtime, Emmaus’s Nick Cari scored for the Hornet victory.
“Our left defender was trying to shield the ball out, Emmaus’s right mid tipped it, got around him, and then went for a POMO,” said Becahi goalkeeper Tom Corley, who had 13 saves. “I hit it, I extended, I grabbed it as much as I could, and I guess it went right toward- it wasn’t the intended target, and he just tapped it in.
“I’m not mad with any goal that went in, and I don’t think the team is either. This was an extremely good game, and I can’t put fault on anybody.”
In the first half, Julian Hartshorne cleared away an Emmaus attempt to score, sliding across the front of the goal.
“He was one-on-one with the keeper. Right before it went in I knew I had it and got it out,” Hartshorne said. “It was exhilarating. This is my house and I like to protect it, even from the top team.”
A scoreless first half led to consecutive goals near the end of the second half by Emmaus’s Justin Llado and Max Hirschhorn. Dakota Bauer and Noah Ross had the assists.
“It’s upsetting, and we’re disappointed with the loss, but it sends a message that we’re going to play to our fullest potential,” said Hawach.