Girls soccer wins semi, faces Easton for title
NAZARETH As Al Haddad stood on the turf at Andrew S. Leh Stadium Monday evening, a lot of things crossed his mind.
He knew he had a young squad with 23 underclassmen on a 26-player roster.
Seniors Emily Luchansky, Kayla Haberbosch and Shay Edwards are leaders and were part of the past two Lehigh Valley Conference titles.
Tuesday evening, with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Emmaus, Parkland earned a berth in Thursday night's LVC title game against Easton.
"We weren't expected to get back here because we graduated seven seniors last year," Haddad said. "We graduated 85 percent of our scoring. Just the fact that we have been playing really strong and these girls are one tight unit. It did wonders."
Fifty-five seconds into the game the Green Hornets' Megan Snyder gave her team a lead. Shannon McGinnis was credited with the assist.
Haberbosch knotted the game with a header to the back of the net off a penalty corner. Teammate Carly Shaffer recorded the assist with a perfect send-in.
Snyder scored her second goal 3:03 into the second half to give the Hornets another lead.
Trojans refused to give up. Haberbosch sent a perfect cross over a leaping Green Hornets' defender to a streaking Shay Edwards, who took got her foot on it and raced towards Emmaus' net to tie the game with nearly 20 minutes left to play.
"This team has been through a lot," Haddad said. "The team has been battled tested throughout this season. With these really tough games, we know we just can't give up. We continue to emphasize with them on scoring goals and how you can't ever give up.
"You just never know when that ball might end up on your foot. It's something that's trained into them that they never stop. They never stop."
Parkland Ffreshman Rachel Medlar gave her Trojans the lead for good. Medlar scored with 16:15 left in the game from 25-yards out. She went top-shelf with and beat an outstretched Green Hornets' senior keeper Kay Gustafson.
"We worked together tonight and got the job done," said Haberbosch.
Haberbosch wants her third LVC title in her three years with the varsity program
"We have a ton of momentum from this," Haberbosch said. "I am so happy about this."