Boys soccer avenges early loss to Emmaus
When the Parkland and Emmaus boys soccer teams met in just the second game of the 2019 regular seasonr, the Trojans took control with the game’s opening goal only to see the Green Hornets score two unanswered, including the game-winner in overtime.
After that game, Trojan head coach Patrick Birns said that the two teams would see each other again, maybe more than once.
That next meeting took place Monday and Parkland got the last laugh this time around, scoring two goals, both by senior captain Alex Wilstermen, and then hung on to beat Emmaus 2-0 at Parkland High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game.
“The boys have worked hard on improving throughout the season,” said Birns. “We hope this is just the start of a strong push into the playoffs.”
The victory was the fifth straight in conference for the Trojans (10-4 overall, 10-3 EPC), who have started to find a groove.
“Getting healthy has helped us a lot lately in games,” Birns said. “Plus, we believe in all of our players throughout the year. Each game we average 19-20 players playing in a game. This results in players being fresh at the end of the season and gives us great chances at catching tired legs from the opposition.”
The Emmaus defense and midfield may have been feeling some tired legs as Parkland was able to take advantage in scoring multiple times. A foul near the edge of the 18-yard box led to a curling effort from Wilstermen for the first goal of the game midway through the first half. Then a handball inside the box by a Green Hornet defender earned the Trojans a penalty kick. Wilstermen stepped up and slotted his shot home low and away from the diving goalie.
“Alex has been striking the ball very cleanly recently,” said Birns. “He stepped up and smashed the restart on the direct kick. As of the PK, I always leave it up to the boys on the field who take the kick. Alex took charge. There was no question on who was taking the kick.”
Parkland goalie Victor Baran finished with five saves.
Parkland finishes the last full week of the EPC regular season with games against Northampton (Wednesday) and at Nazareth on Friday.