Emmaus field hockey gets revenge with 3-1 win
After picking up a tie against Emmaus earlier in the regular season, the Lady Trojans were looking to improve upon that and come away with a win in the final meeting of the two teams before the postseason. Unfortunately, that wasn't going to happen, as Emmaus came away with a 3-1 win over Parkland, dropping the Trojans to 9-5-2 overall and 7-4-2 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Emmaus held a 2-0 lead when Brynn Lansenderfer took a feed from Jenna Lysakowski and put it past Emmaus goaltender Jess Harnett in the second period, to cut the Hornets lead to 2-1 and put Parkland right back into the mix. The same tandem of girls Tara Tracchio and Meredith Sholder would strike again for Emmaus to give the Hornets some breathing room at 3-1.
"It was a tough one," said Parkland head coach Michelle Steele. ""We fought hard, but like we keep saying, it's the little things that make a big difference, especially when you're playing a team like Emmaus, but it was a great game."
While Parkland controlled most of the play in the first meeting between the two teams, Emmaus held the edge this time around, although Parkland had some opportunities that it wasn't able to take advantage of throughout the game.
One big difference is that Parkland is used to playing on a grass field at home, while Emmaus is used to the turf field that they play on at their home field. The two surfaces bring about changes in how you play the ball and can make a difference.
"It's a different game from grass to turf," said Steele. "Turf, obviously, is a lot faster and you've got to be a whole lot lower to the ground. On grass, it's bouncing up and down, so you're not quite as low. But we don't make excuses. We just go out and try to play hard every day."
The loss didn't dash Parkland's approach, as the Trojans bounced back Monday to beat Nazareth 5-0, with Brooke Sherwin scoring two goals. Hannah Pany, Grace Royer and Avery Semler each contributed a goal in the win over Nazareth (9-7-1, 8-6-1).
"They're working well as a team, but it's that little stuff, the mental break down and the little things that we have to pay attention to," Steele said.