PHS field hockey beats Canaries
The scoreboard may have showed a dominant win for the Parkland field hockey team against Allen earlier this week. But head coach Lizzy Millen knows the Trojans will have to play a bit better with a tough week ahead that includes Liberty on Thursday.
Parkland improved to 6-1 on the season with an 8-1 victory over the Canaries on Tuesday night at J. Birney Crum Stadium. Millen, however, sees room for improvement moving forward.
“It was nice to see the junior varsity girls get to go in and get some experience, and just see how they can handle working in a varsity game,” Millen said. “I think that was probably the biggest take-away from everything. I would have liked to see the varsity connect a little bit more. It was a little bit individualistic. I was hoping for a little bit more, especially since we are going into Liberty and that’s going to have to be a team effort.”
Millen was able to sub in every player against the Canaries, and many of them had an impact on a varsity stage. Plenty of freshmen also entered the game in the second half. But before the final 30 minutes of play, Parkland’s regular starters built up a big enough of a lead to put the Canaries out of reach.
Junior midfielder Maddie Molchany opened the game by making two Allen defenders miss. She ripped a shot by goalie Yessenia Sepulveda for an early 1-0 lead. Only a couple of minutes later, freshman forward/midfielder Julia Martin scored Parkland’s second goal in the first 10 minutes.
Millen thought the Trojans could have scored a couple of more, however, particularly early. Parkland had 15 corners in the first half.
“I thought we came out a little bit slow,” Millen said. “I was hoping that we would be utilizing our passing a little bit more. But overall after the timeout that Allen took, I think we reassessed and the girls applied the advice we gave them earlier.”
Allen cut Parkland’s lead in half on a goal from Adiva Daniels on a corner with 18:49 to play until intermission. Parkland, however, responded with a fury.
Just over a minute after Allen’s goal, junior defender Mia Coval gave Parkland more of a cushion with the Trojans’ third goal of the half.
Junior forward Sierra Marsteller added another Trojan goal 10 minutes later, and sophomore forward Aubrey Semler ripped one more in the final seconds of the half to give the Trojans a 5-1 lead going into the break.
Junior forward Ana Yeager opened up the second half with a goal in the first four minutes. Then, junior midfielder Olivia Vaccari scored the final two to cement the victory before Thursday’s key matchup against Liberty (4-1-2 overall, 4-1-1 EPC).
“It’s really going to set the tone for the rest of the season,” Millen said of the upcoming week. “Up until this point we’ve played good teams, but the heavy hitters are definitely in the later end of the season. We are really getting into how competitive we are going to be this season.”
Parkland also faces East Stroudsburg North (Saturday, Sept. 22) and Stroudsburg (Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Parkland at 7 p.m.) in the upcoming days. Stroudsburg (4-3, 4-2) is one of the league’s top teams again this season.
The Mounties played Emmaus to a 3-1 loss Tuesday, making them the first team this season to score on the Hornets and the first to lose by less than seven goals.
The Trojans will meet Emmaus at the end of the regular season, Oct. 10 at the Hornets’ home field.