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PRESS FILE PHOTOAubrey Semler, a junior who is committed to Penn State, is one of several Parkland players who will play at Division 1 colleges. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS FILE PHOTOAubrey Semler, a junior who is committed to Penn State, is one of several Parkland players who will play at Division 1 colleges. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Field hockey opens with win over PMW

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland field hockey team was able to ease into the season with its first game being at home against Pocono Mountain West.

The Lady Trojans showed themselves to be a superior team and opened the season with a convincing 10-0 win, getting goals from eight different players in the game.

In all, Parkland managed to get 70 shots on goal and 22 corners against Pocono Mountain West. While the number of shots was great to see, Trojan head coach Lizzie Millen did find one area that she would like to see her players improve upon.

“The offense looked good, but I was hoping that they could have capitalized more on their first shots,” she said. “Getting so many shots was phenomenal, but we need to find the back of the net off of our first shots more, so it’s cleaner for games where it’s going to be more competitive.”

Sierra Marsteller and Logan Oswald scored the first two goals of the day and were the two Trojans players who finished with multiple goals when each struck again later in the first half.

Olivia Vacccari, Emma Ruimy, Maddie Molchany, Ana Yeager and Aubrey Semler also picked up first half-goals in the rout of the Panthers. Lauren Micheletti added a second-half goal to make the game 10-0. Semler, Molchany and Vaccari also added assists, as did Julia Martin and Lainie Walker.

In goal, Tess Garchinsky faced just one shot and recorded a save.

Even though the game didn’t present much of a challenge for the team, Millen found some things that she definitely liked.

“I just liked that the girls set the tone and held it throughout the game,” she said. “A lot of times when we play with teams that we know we’re better than, we play down to their level or we just ease up and give them windows of opportunity.

“I thought they did a really good job of playing their game and not letting any slip-ups happen.”

The game provided Millen with the chance to play some younger players off of the JV squad to get them some varsity experience and they responded well.

“Before they went in, I told them that the game plan doesn’t change and that they saw what the varsity was implementing and how it was successful and you need to recreate it and that’s what they did,” said Millen. “The JV team works really hard and they try to emulate everything the varsity team does and you can see it.”

On Tuesday, Parkland faced Pocono Mountain East and played to a 2-2 overtime tie against the Cardinals. Molchany and Semler recorded goals, with Semler connecting on a penalty stroke.

After the win over PM East, Semler liked what she saw from her teammates and believes the team has a lot of confidence early in the season.

“This year is a lot of passion and heart and we’re super pumped-up for this year,” said Semler is a junior who has already committed to play college field hockey at Penn State.. “We’ve got a great set of girls with us. We’re on the younger side, but we also have a lot of returning players.

“We’re working on showing everyone what we’ve sort of been hiding and what a lot of people aren’t expecting. We’re looking to make it deeper into the postseason.”

The team has three other senior players who have committed to Division 1 schools, giving the Trojans a lot of talent to draw from for the season.

Semler is glad to have the college selection process done so she can just focus on playing out her remaining two seasons.

“I’m excited about going to Penn State,” she said. “It was a long process, but I’m fortunate to be able to have the opportunity and I’m excited to play there.

“It’s a big atmosphere, but it has a real team atmosphere and there are a lot of girls from the valley on the team. I’m excited about the family mentality and that helped lead me to Penn State.”