Schutter shines in win over Emmaus
For 40 minutes Monday evening, Parkland was shut out against rival Emmaus. One could even argue the host Hornets edged the Trojans in possession and key chances on goal in the first half.
The final 40 minutes was a completely different story. And Parkland got a boost from a familiar source.
Senior forward Brooke Schutter scored two goals in the second half and assisted on another, guiding Parkland (13-0 overall; 12-0 in EPC) to its 3-1 victory over Emmaus (8-5-1, 8-3-1) on Monday night. The win kept the Trojans’ perfect season alive with the end of the regular season winding down.
“I think we definitely started to win everything in the midfield, which we changed around a lot,” said Schutter, who has tallied 19 goals and 12 assists this season. “We definitely started to play to feet more and less balls in the air. And once the midfield started to win the ball, we kind of spread the game out and more of us were open to connect with each other and go to goal.”
It only took two minutes for Schutter and the Trojans to break the scoreless game in the second half. After two Parkland shots failed to find the back of the net, Schutter saw an opening when the ball trickled her way on the left side of Emmaus’s goal.
“Initially I just saw an open shot on goal, which their goalie had a really nice save on,” Schutter said. “And then Jenna Leonzi, the outside forward, had another shot in. It deflected out the third time, and I just kind of caught it out of the air to get the last shot off.”
The shot found the back of the net past Emmaus goalie Alexa Ryan, but Schutter wasn’t done. About four minutes later, Michaela Cohick launched a corner kick into the 18, and Schutter was there to head it off an Emmaus defender for a 2-0 lead.
“Any time you can come out and score immediately after halftime adjustments is extremely powerful, because it confirms that what we saw and what we wanted to change was actually what was going to work,” head coach Al Haddad said. “Emmaus did a really good job taking some things away, but I don’t think you can take everything away. I think we just confirmed in their minds how to beat their back four the way they were playing.”
That score stood until the midway point of the half before Schutter was at it again, this time playing the role of facilitator. The Trojan senior placed a perfect ball up to Ava Hanna, who took a few dribbles then ripped a shot by Ryan for a convincing 3-0 lead.
“I think they’re definitely our best competition, so it’s just exciting to get someone who is really going to give us a good game,” Schutter said. “I think coming out in the second half and getting three goals up against them gives us confidence.”
Emmaus showed life in the final couple minutes of play, but it was a little too late. Maddie Fey’s goal with 3:50 remaining brought Parkland’s lead to 3-1, but there was never any threat of a comeback.
“I thought we played a great 39-and-a-half minutes in the second half,” Haddad said. “I thought we did OK for 20 minutes in the first half, but we didn’t put together a full game. We are still waiting to see that, but we are patient and we don’t need to see it right now.”