Girls soccer reaches title game
The Parkland and Easton girls soccer teams did not met during the 2019 regular season. With the Trojans in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division and the Rovers in the Steel Division, there was no opportunity for a crossover matchup this year.
The two teams didn’t disappoint in a postseason game as junior forward Alex Marsteller scored a first-half goal and the Parkland defense held firm and the Trojans held on for a 1-0 win over Easton in the EPC semifinals Tuesday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
Marsteller’s goal came off an assist by Mariana Aubele-Gonzalez and the duo proved to come up huge as it wound up being the game-winning goal.
“We got in flank and Mariana got around her defender and played a slotted ball to Alex,” said head coach Al Haddad. “Alex made a great shoulder move and let the ball go to her left foot and blasted a shot in.”
Parkland (18-0-1 overall, 15-0-1 EPC) has won the last five EPC titles and now has a shot at adding another one.
Once the Trojans got on the scoreboard, it was a matter of keeping the lead, doing the same thing that they did in the 1-0 victory over Central Catholic in the quarterfinal round game last Saturday. The defense was again up to the task.
“The defense has been getting stronger every game,” Haddad said. “They posted their eighth shutout in the last nine games. That confidence is contagious. Our level of execution has to improve to continue this run.”
Parkland will now take on rival Emmaus, a 3-0 winner over Freedom in the other semifinal, tonight. The Trojans won the first matchup this season 3-2 and then the teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the second meeting of the regular season.
“Knowing the champion will stay in the Skyline Division is awesome to see,” said Haddad. “Emmaus has a great group of players and the coaches have a lot of respect for each other. It’s going to be a great game.”