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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Zoe Schutter controls the ball during a recent game. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBParkland’s Zoe Schutter controls the ball during a recent game. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

PHS girls soccer starts to get offensive

Thursday, September 27, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Before the start of the 2018 regular season, the Parkland girls soccer team had seen a ton of success recently against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponents. That success included 70 straight wins over conference foes.

But that streak came to an end in the second game of the year, falling to rival Emmaus. Then, the Trojans dropped a second game to Whitehall later in the season.

Parkland was looking for consistency and it found some with four goal scorers in a 5-0 win over Stroudsburg last Friday night at Parkland High School.

Ava Hanna scored twice, and Madi Warminsky, Ava Schaller and Demi Olatilo each netted a goal for the Trojans.

Parkland took the game over in a five-minute span midway through the first half when Warminsky (26:41), Hanna (25:07) and Schaller (21:09) all found the back of the net within five minutes of each other to push the Trojans out to a comfortable 3-0 lead.

“Scoring this year has been the last phase of the team to gel,” said head coach Al Haddad. “It’s coming around and getting the early back-back-back goals was huge. The team felt like they started playing downhill from there. The front line has been working so hard. They have been getting in and creating opportunities, a few in the net and they are gaining confidence.”

Confidence is exactly what a young Trojans team like this needs. Having had to face adversity for the first time of most of their varsity careers, just going out and gaining experience and getting wins when you can get them under their belts will only help.

“Anytime you respond from a loss with a total victory — possession advantage, goals, shutouts, few fouls — is a good win,” Haddad said. “Both the losses to Emmaus and Whitehall were the type that you don’t worry about. We felt we played our game throughout and had a scoring advantage in both of those games. Sometimes the ball doesn’t go in so you look to see what happened.”

Against the Mounties, the ball did go in, and often.

After a 3-0 halftime advantage, Parkland added on to the total with Hanna’s second of the game and the first goal of Olatilo’s young career.

“The girls have taken accountability and our front line is starting to gel and score more,” said Haddad. “So they just need to keep playing and gaining experience.”

The Trojan defense, led by goalie Zia Reed (five saves), recorded its fifth shutout of the season.

Parkland then carried over its momentum and took down perennial state power North Penn 3-1 on Saturday.

The Trojans have three road games to round out the week, with Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday, Governor Mifflin on Friday and Allen on Saturday.