Parkland Press

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Girls soccer gets revenge on Hornets

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland girls soccer team was looking for a little bit of revenge against Emmaus Monday.

The Hornets snapped the Trojans’ 70-game District 11 winning streak earlier this season.

In the bigger picture though, the game between the two rivals held a lot of meaning in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as both teams look to fit into the conference playoff picture as the regular season winds down.

Parkland (12-2-0 EPC, 14-2-0 overall) got both the revenge it wanted and the key win it needed by topping Emmaus 3-1.

The first Parkland goal came off a corner kick from Ava Hanna. Madi Warminsky found an open path to the goal and headed the ball past goalie Alexa Ryan to put Parkland up 1-0. Warminsky later collected an assist in the game on a goal by Zoe Schutter.

“It’s really nice to be back,” said Warminsky, who missed the first game because of a concussion. “Watching the first game against them was tough because I really wanted to be out there.

“Ava always hits those balls to the far post and they kept yelling for someone to mark me and they didn’t. As I watched the flight of the ball, I was able to get there and head it into the goal.”

Parkland dominated the game in the early going and played very physically. Emmaus (8-4-2, 9-4-2) was unable to get much momentum early and could not sustain any ball control down the field to get good looks at shots.

Parkland scored a goal with just 2:24 left in the first half that served as a bit of a dagger for Emmaus as it went down 2-0 heading into the break.

“I thought that was a big goal for us,” said Parkland head coach Al Haddad. “That gave us some breathing room and when you can get a goal like that just before halftime, it’s tough for the other team sometimes. I think that’s kind of what happened tonight, because they were playing with a lot of emotion and that goal really hurt them.”

Later in the game, Warminsky fired a shot on goal, but Ryan made a big stop on the play only to have the ball bound out to Schutter, who put the ball back on goal before Ryan could completely gather herself and regain position. That goal was also big for Parkland because Emmaus had closed the gap to 2-1 just a few minutes earlier in the game.

The Hornets’ goal came from Izzy Ingato, who fired a shot just over the head of goalie Teresa Gonzalez.

Later in the game, Emmaus’ Lily Schmitt fired two nearly identical shots that seemed destined to sail over Gonzalez, but she was able to get enough height on her leaps to deflect both shots harmlessly over the crossbar.

Emmaus played more physically in the second half and got better looks at the goal but either misfired or saw Gonzalez turn them away.

Two days after beating Emmaus, Parkland downed Northampton 4-0 on goals by Hanna, Louise Gottwald, Ava Schaller and Gabby Wilby. Warminsky added another assist, as did Schaller, Lindsay Reightler and Gia Litz in the win over the Konkrete Kids (6-8-0, 7-9-0).

“It’s always so tough, because our division is so competitive,” said Haddad. “Look at Northampton, they’re a really good team and yet they’re getting beat up because they have to face all of the toughest teams twice in the regular season.

“They’re in a position where they might not make the playoffs and it’s only because they have had to play such a difficult schedule.”

Parkland wraps up the season with games at Nazareth (9-4-1, 10-5-1) and at home against Whitehall (13-1-0, 14-1-0).