Girls soccer season ends in D-11 final
Parkland's girls soccer team was in a position to exact some revenge against Easton for its loss to the Red Rovers in the Lehigh Valley Conference finals. But the Lady Trojans wound up on the short end of a 2-1 score in last week's District 11 Class AAA title game.
The game was a different style game than the two teams played for the LVC championship, which went to penalty kicks before Easton was awarded a 1-0 win, beating the Trojans 5-4 on kicks.
With 29-minutes left in the first half of the district title game, Easton's Caitlyn Lucas fireed a shot past goalie Regan Allsop to put the Lady Rovers up 1-0. Later in the first half, it was Easton's Jordan Luciano who scored off a pass from Savannah Fehnel to put Parkland in a 2-0 hole with 11:32 left in the first half.
"They played a really great game," said Parkland head coach Al Haddad. "They put a lot of pressure on us in the first half and we didn't do a really good job of just possessing the ball.
"We did a better job in the second half and then we tried to throw the kitchen sink at them and we got one, but it was too little, too late."
Parkland's second half goal came from Emily Luchansky, who lifted the ball over goalie Erin Anagnost and into the top of the net to cut the lead to 2-1 with 12:43 left in the game.
"They were less physical than they were in the LVC championship and they caught us on those two kicks," said Haddad. "You take those two shots away and there aren't any shots on goal that are worthy of worrying about, but by the same token, we didn't have a lot of those either."
The loss ended Parkland's season, denying the Trojans a trip to the PIAA Tournament. It also ended the high school careers of seniors Luchansky, Kayla Haberbosch and Shay Edwards.
"Every year we graduate great seniors," said Haddad.
"They're great ambassadors of our sport in academics. They're community service-minded and they play a great game of soccer. Our job is to not rebuild, but reload. We're a very young team; I had four or five freshmen out there on the field. We don't ever want to say that we replace people, but we do and we move forward."
Even though Parkland fell short of reaching states, Haddad believes that his team had a phenomenal season and with the development of young players, the future looks to be bright and could well have the Lady Trojans moving on to bigger and better things in the near future.
"We're a remarkably young soccer team and we weren't supposed to be back in either of these two games, but we got back for the fifth time in six years to the league championship and the fifth straight time for the district championship," said Haddd.
"Hats off to the girls, because they did a remarkable job and it was a phenomenal season for them."