Field hockey falls to EHS in playoff game
The seniors on this year’s Parkland field hockey team were freshmen when head coach Lizzie Millen took over the program for the 2015 season. The team has played well for Millen over the four years, but the one thing it hasn’t been able to do is beat rival Emmaus.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, they drew Emmaus in the first round of both the EPC and District 11 playoffs and had their season ended with a 7-0 loss in districts. The teams also met in a regular season finale in which Emmaus won 9-1.
“You never want to have to play them three times in a row,” said Millen following the loss in districts. “They’re just so strong and we drew them in the first round both times, so we knew it was going to be tough.”
In the district playoff game, Emmaus held a 6-0 halftime lead and then stretched it to 7-0 on Annika Herbine’s third goal of the game with 28:05 left in regulation.
The Lady Trojans finished 10-8 on the season and sophomore Aubrey Semler was named to the EPC first-team all-stars.
The team opened by splitting their first two games of the season before embarking on a five-game win streak. From there though, Parkland couldn’t put together more than two wins in a row and finished with losses to Easton and Emmaus, the two teams battling for the District 11 crown.
“We played really well for a while this season, but we weren’t as strong late in the year,” said Millen. “Our offense sort of went away for a little.”
While this season didn’t end how Millen had hoped, she’s excited for the future because she loses just four senior players – Hailey Druckenmiller, Mackenzie Galucy, Aanika Kapoor and Laura Walker - from this year’s team and has eight juniors who will move up for next season. Millen is hoping that the experience some of her younger players gained this season will be put to good use next season.
“We had a lot of girls who really improved this season and it’s going to be exciting to see just how much better they are next year as they keep working on their game,” said Millen.
Since taking over, the Lady Trojans are 41-35-3 under Millen.