PHS plays Central Catholic to 1-1 tie
When Teagan Mangahas found the back of the net in the second half, it seemed like it would be the winner for Parkland. It gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in a game that did not lack scoring chances, but featured strong defenses.
The Trojans have only allowed one goal their last three games, while outscoring their opponents 22-1 over that span.
But, as it did in the season-opener between these two teams, Central Catholic netted an equalizer to tie the game and after two overtime periods, the teams would settle for a 1-1 tie last Monday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Parkland High School.
Parkland (8-3-2 overall, 8-2-2 EPC) is on a four-game unbeaten streak and has not lost a conference game since falling to Liberty on Sept. 13, a span of eight games.
Yes the Trojans escaped their home turf without suffering a loss, but holding a lead in the second half and giving it away is not what head coach Patrick Birns was hoping to see.
“I thought we played very well at times, but then we played slow and lethargic at other times,” said Birns. “We were able to take the lead and had all of the momentum, but then let it slip away. I hope we can put a complete game together tomorrow.”
After a scoreless first half which saw both teams create a number of chances on net, the teams were able to capitalize after a 0-0 halftime.
Alex Wilsterman found Mangahas for the game’s opening goal and it looked to be one that would hold for Parkland.
“I thought after we scored that it would be over,” Birns said. “We have such a strong defense that it makes it hard for our opponents to break through.”
The Parkland defense, which is led by senior captain center backs Connor Burke and Nathan Berger, has stymied its opposition all season with its size and strength and great communication.
“Those two do just such a good job controlling the game from the back,” said Birns. “They’re the eyes and the rock back there.”
But unfortunately for the Trojans, the Vikings (6-5-3, 5-4-3) were able to sneak one past sophomore goalie Victor Baran. Baran finished with nine saves on the night as he was tested early and often.
Parkland has a rematch with Northampton, a team that they lost to earlier this season, on Friday, two days after a rivalry game with Emmaus.