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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Marissa Olenwine controls the ball during a recent game. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Marissa Olenwine controls the ball during a recent game. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

PHS girls soccer beats Whitehall

Friday, September 27, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland girls soccer team has had its tight games and then its had some easier ones during the 2019 season so far.

But the common theme has been that the Trojans (11-0 overall, 10-0 EPC) have still come out on top over any opponent that has been put in front of them on their schedule thus far.

In one of its latest games, Parkland was taken to the brink, scoring the first three goals and then allowing two before holding on to defeat Whitehall 3-2 last Monday, Sept. 16, in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division match at Parkland High School and battle of teams that have won the last five District 11 championships.

There have only been two other one-goal games for the Trojans this season, both were Skyline Division games. Every other game has been decided by multiple goals.

Parkland players knows they will always get the other team’s best shot, being a four-time defending district champion.

“Getting a win against a divisional opponent is always important,” said head coach Al Haddad. “Although we have had a few close games by the score, they haven’t been as close by the play on the field. However, that’s the crazy part of this game at times. You can lose a game that you clearly were in control. (Whitehall’s) Kate (Bonshak) is such an amazing player. She can turn a game around single-handedly.”

The Trojans went on to take down Stroudsburg (4-1), East Stroudsburg North (8-0), North Penn (7-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (7-1) in their next four games. Somewhat easier than against the Zephyrs (6-4, 6-4).

“For us to be successful, we need to stay true to who we are and how we play the game,” Haddad said. “We get some swagger back defensively and I feel everything should play itself out as we hope it will.”

The five goals scored between the two teams were recorded by two players, one from each team. Ava Schaller tallied all three goals for the Trojans, while Bonshak netted both for the Zephyrs.

Parkland outshot Whitehall 9-4, but Whitehall held the advantage in corner kicks at 5-3. Goalie Zia Reed finished with two saves for the Trojans.

Parkland finishes this week with EPC games against Allen (Wednesday) and Central Catholic on Friday, with a nonconference game against Governor Mifflin Saturday. All three games are at home. It will then play at Emmaus on Monday.