Molchany’s goal beats Liberty
BY CJ Hemerly
The Parkland field hockey team featured four different goal scorers and broke two different second-half ties to hold onto a 4-3 victory over Liberty last Tuesday evening at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the EPC, the Trojans (8-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 EPC) came out on top over the Hurricanes (6-3, 5-3) for the first time in fifth-year head coach Lizzy Millen’s tenure at the helm.
“This is my first time beating Liberty [as head coach],” said Millen. “We’re starting to come together as a team really well. Seeing how they have all been producing is really exciting. We just want to keep feeding off of this momentum and staying emotionally positive all of the time.”
Parkland jumped out ahead early, recording two first-half goals to take a 2-0 lead. Logan Oswald had her first shot of the game find the back of the cage for the first tally of the contest. Then Julia Martin put away a shot off of a penalty corner to give the Trojans the quick two-goal advantage.
Liberty cut its deficit in half on a goal by Jill Mayes, on a penalty corner with just 33 second left until halftime. The Hurricanes then tied the score with a tally by Rayne Wright midway through the second half.
But less than a minute later, Aubrey Semler broke the tie with a goal by dribbling past a number of defenders and firing a backhand shot to beat the Liberty goalie.
But the Hurricanes would not go away and an Elizabeth Powers goal with 6:14 to go once again put the score in a deadlock at 3-3. Madison Molchany, however, scored 41 second later, and it proved to be the game winner.
“Offensively we worked on our tipping game at practice yesterday so we would get better at those scrappy goals in front of cage,” Millen said. “It helps when you play these better teams that have really good defenses and goalies. A lot of times it will be those scrappy goals that decide games. We were able to capitalize on that today. Defensively we were more conservative because we are young in the back end. So we need to build confidence before we can be aggressive moving forward.”
Tess Garchinsky finished with five saves on the night.
Parkland ends the week with EPC games against East Stroudsburg North at home tonight, followed by a road game at Stroudsburg on Saturday morning.