PHS boys soccer takes down Emmaus in PKs
Brian Badawika had been practicing a kick from the exact spot several times during the days before Tuesday’s East Penn Conference boys soccer playoff game. He was ready.
His time came last Tuesday at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field.
Badawika walked up to the penalty spot from about 10 yards away with a chance to deliver the Parkland boys soccer team a postseason win over rival Emmaus.
He did just that with a shot low and to the right of the goalkeeper to push the Trojans past the Green Hornets in the EPC quarterfinals. The final score was 1-1 with Parkland winning 5-4 on penalty kicks.
“I was practicing penalty kicks over the weekend with our goalies Victor [Baran] and Kyle [Schantz],” said Badawika. “I got in about 20 or so, but who knew I would actually be stepping up to take one in a playoff game.
“Games with [Emmaus] are always close. We really stepped up. I’m just glad I could put away my shot to help us win and move on. It’s always special to do it against Emmaus.”
Games between these two teams, whether in the regular season or in the postseason are always close. The two teams have met in consecutive district finals, one ending up in penalties, and also played two, one-goal games this season in the regular season.
Tuesday night was no different.
It was a scoreless first half, as was the case in each of the previous two contests between the two teams this year, with both teams having quality chances on goal.
In the second half, Emmaus (13-5-1 overall, 12-3-1 EPC) got on the scoreboard first. After a Green Hornets player was fouled a few yards outside of the 18-yard box, Thomas Hanvey stepped up to take the free kick and delivered a lofted curler that found the back of the net for the game’s opener in the 23rd minute.
But it would just take a little over five minutes for the Trojans (11-5-2, 10-4-2) to equalize. Junior defender Bryce Shalbert sent in a lofted shot from about 30 yards away. The ball bounced off the turf in front of the Emmaus goalie and over his head.
“After he shot it I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” Badawika said. “I think he was trying to send in a cross, but the goalie misplayed it. I know we’ll take that for sure.”
The teams could not find a winner in the final 17:52 of regulation and headed to overtime. Two 15-minute overtime periods still did not decide a winner, so it went to a penalty shootout.
Emmaus went first and made its kick. Parkland senior captain Justin Douglas stepped up and knotted the score. After the Green Hornets made their next shot, Teagan Mangahas delivered, and then following a third Emmaus good kick, Michael Romano tied it at three.
Emmaus, the No. 3 seed in the EPC tournament, missed its next kick before Logan Sosik put the Trojans in front 4-3. The Green Hornets tied it on the final attempts, and then Badawika struck the winner to send Parkland to the semifinal round.
“At that point we were all tired, but I knew I had to muster up some energy for a strong kick,” said Badawika. “We had the advantage and my kick would win it, so I didn’t want to come up short. It feels good to move on.”
Parkland, the No. 6 seed, will play Freedom Thursday in the semifinals.