Boys soccer falls to Liberty
Following a tough overtime defeat at rival Emmaus, the Parkland boys soccer team started getting on a roll, winning its next two games.
Then they ran into the East Penn Conference’s other undefeated team. And just like against the Green Hornets, the Trojans fell just short, dropping a game to Liberty 1-0 last Wednesday evening in EPC action at Parkland High School.
The Hurricanes (7-0, 7-0) scored the lone goal on a penalty shot from Chris Schray. That was all they would need as goalies Blake Koski and Ryan Siegfried combined for six saves and the shutout.
The Hurricane goalkeeper duo came up big all game to prevent a high-scoring Parkland offense from finding the back of the net for just the first time this season.
“Their goalie made three big-time saves,” said Parkland head coach Patrick Birns. “One he picked a ball out of the upper ninety, saved a breakaway, and slide tacked a ball off an attacker’s foot. He was the difference in the game. They are a very organized team that has the best keeper in the league. With that combination they can go deep in the playoffs this year.”
In a matchup between two of the top teams in the EPC, both teams had their chances on goal, with Liberty outshooting Parkland 8-7.
Junior Drew Berger had the Trojans’ best chance on net as his curling effort looked like it was bound to land in the top corner of the Hurricanes’ goal, but Koski leaped and dove up to get his fingertips on the ball to knock it over the crossbar and made a save of a shot that would have tied the score.
Koski and Siegfried were tested all night, but never gave in. Despite not finding the back of the net for the first time this season, Birns still likes what he sees out of the group up top after the first quarter of the season.
“I’m happy with our offense so far,” Birns said. “This was the only game that we’ve gotten shut out so far, so hats off to the [Liberty] keepers. It’s just one game. It hasn’t been the norm for us. We’ll get it right.”
Parkland (5-2 overall, 5-2 EPC) bounced back to record wins against both Pocono Mountain East and Whitehall. The Trojans scored a combined seven goals in the two games. They have games against Stroudsburg (yesterday), East Stroudsburg North (tomorrow) and Martin Luther King (Saturday).