PHS boys soccer advances in district tourney
The Parkland boys soccer team fired shot after shot on the East Stroudsburg South net, but was having trouble getting one by the goal keeper.
After 21 shots and nearly 70 minutes of game action, the seventh-seeded Trojans finally broke through for a goal. They did so once more in downing the Cavaliers 2-0 last Tuesday night in the first round of the District 11 Class 4A playoffs at Parkland High School.
Senior Teagan Mangahas and junior Jackson Vanderpool both found the back of the net about four minutes apart from each other in the game’s final 11 minutes.
The goals were deserved, and had to be a sigh of relief for head coach Patrick Birns and his players after the work they put in on the offensive third of the field.
“We had so many chances,” said Mangahas. “We got balls into the box all game long, but to finally score one was really great. It brought our confidence up and gave us the momentum we needed. I think that really sparked the second one.”
East Stroudsburg South (9-9) did not have any shots in the first half and spent much of its time in front of its own goal. Goalie Reese Johnson made save after save, and some incredible ones, while his defense in front of him fought to get the ball out of their 18-yard box.
“They just won a lot of the balls in the box and were able to clear it away,” Mangahas said. “Winning those balls is definitely something we need to do better. We did a good job of limiting their chances.”
After a scoreless first half, sophomore Logan Sosik sent in a low cross that Mangahas flicked past Johnson for the opening goal and what proved to be the game-winner with 10:42 left.
In the seventh minute, Vanderpool received a pass at the midfield line. He took a quick turn, beat his defender down field and fired a shot into the net for a two-goal lead.
The win comes after the Trojans fell to Freedom in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final last week.
“It feels great to be able to get back on the field and get a win again,” said Mangahas. “We didn’t play our best game against Freedom, but they’re a good team. It shows because they’re the league champs.
“We always have to be looking at the next game. Liberty is going to be tough and we lost to them earlier in the season. It’s an important game. We need to be able to improve our creativity in the offensive third. We didn’t do that well against them last time.”
Parkland (12-6-2 overall) will now play the second seed Hurricanes Thursday at 3 p.m.
Last week’s article about the Parkland boys soccer team’s win over Emmaus gave credit to the wrong player for one of Parkland’s goals in the overtime shootout. The Trojans’ Zack Reightler should have been listed as the fourth player to score in the overtime shootout. Reightler’s goal gave his team a 4-3 lead with one kick remaining for each team.