Boys beat Cavs in semi
Patrick Birns isn’t fond of having to play teams over and over again, but as expected, his Trojans team is going to be facing Emmaus for a fourth time this season in the District 11 Championship. The meeting was set up when Parkland downed East Stroudsburg South 4-0 Tuesday night at Nazareth High School.
Parkland’s defense delivered another shutout, the 16th of the season, which was no easy task considering that East Stroudsburg South has the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s Most Valuable Player in Darryl Longdon. It didn’t hurt that Parkland’s offense put the Cavaliers on their heels early when Dawson Berger scored off a corner kick just three minutes into the contest.
Trailing just 1-0, East Stroudsburg South looked to get back into the game in the second half, but Parkland’s Josh Kiser ruined that plan.
Instead of tying the Trojans, the Cavaliers found themselves trailing 2-0 just four minutes into the second half of play when Kiser nailed the first of his two goals on the night.
Owen Iacobelli waited until after Kiser’s second goal of the night to make a spectacular play on a pass from Dylan Fasnacht, heading the ball into the net to make it 4-0.
“Our defense kept them off the scoreboard, which was fantastic,” said Kiser. “Offensively, we moved the ball around super well. I’m glad we could put a bunch in the back of the net.”
East Stroudsburg South had been shut out just three times this season, but two of those shutout losses came in their last five games coming into the contest with Parkland.
“We didn’t do anything different defensively. We know that Darryl’s a great player,” said Birns. “We were just hitting on all cylinders at the right time. That’s what it came down to.”
Emmaus downed Easton to work their way through their side of the bracket to set up the meeting with the Trojans.
Parkland has won all three of the previous meetings between the two teams this season including downing Emmaus in the EPC Championship.