Field hockey falls to Mounties in OT
The Parkland field hockey coaching staff was reminded just how close the Trojans are to what they can ultimately become this season following Monday’s game against Stroudsburg. Parkland was ever so close to defeating the Mounties, one of the league’s top teams, just three days ago.
Parkland held a late lead, but Stroudsburg (6-2) scored the equalizer with only three minutes to play in regulation, then broke through seven minutes into overtime for the 3-2 victory at Parkland High School. It was Parkland’s second loss in as many games, dropping the Trojans to 6-3 on the season.
“We had our chances in overtime,” Trojan head coach Lizzy Millen said. “We are close. We’re knocking on the door. I think we can definitely be better. We are very young in the group we have out there. They are still trying to figure out what it means to play a full 60 minutes.”
Despite only having three senior starters, and entering the overtime period with momentum clearly shifted over to Stroudsburg’s side, Parkland looked to end the extra session sooner rather than later.
Not even two minutes into overtime, Aubrey Semler got behind Stroudsburg’s back line and had two shots on goal. But Mountie goalie Emma Valinote came up with two stops to keep the score at 2-2.
Parkland was dealt its second yellow card of the game in overtime two minutes later, but Semler and the Trojans had yet another prime chance on goal.
Semler’s shot off a Parkland corner, however, was once again saved by Valinote.
Shortly after, Stroudsburg capitalized on Parkland being down a player in transition. Josie Sweeney set up Kira Mordinov’s second goal of the game with just over eight minutes to play that found its way by Trojan goalie Mackenzie Galucy.
“We had two yellow cards, so that’s 10 minutes in which we were playing a girl down,” Millen said. “It’s hard to recover from that. The fact that we were a girl down and fatigued, they definitely had the momentum and caught us at a very vulnerable position where our opposite midfielders did not cut back and they went backdoor on us.”
Early on it was all Parkland, particularly in the first half. Semler got the scoring started as she weaved through two Stroudsburg defenders and backhanded a goal into the back of Stroudsburg’s cage for an early 1-0 lead.
Then, Maddie Molchany ripped a shot by Valinote to push Parkland’s lead to 2-0 with 5:55 to play in the opening half. But Stroudsburg ended the first half on a strong note.
Kalin Duke scored with 1:08 remaining in the first half to cut Parkland’s lead in half at 2-1. That momentum seemed to carry over into the second half with Stroudsburg dominating the scoring chances in the final 30 minutes of regulation. Mordinov finally found the back of the net with 2:56 to play to force overtime.
“I think they were very aggressive,” Millen said. “They were super consistent throughout the whole game with their press and the amount of pressure they put on us. I think we just folded a little bit to the amount of pressure they were applying.”
Parkland did not have a shot on goal in the second half, while Stroudsburg had six in the final 30 minutes. The Mounties only took one shot in overtime.
Results from Wednesday’s game against Bethlehem Catholic were not available at time of press.
Parkland returns to the field next Tuesday at home against Dieruff. Game time is set for 4 p.m.