In its last two games, the Parkland girls soccer team could have saved a lot of time and energy by just going straight to penalty kicks. In both of those games, the Lady Trojans toiled through 100 minutes of soccer, only to have the game decided on penalty kicks, and on both occasions, they came out on top.
The Parkland Lady Trojans came into their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal game with Emmaus as the only team to have scored against the Hornets in two games this season. They were also the only team to put a dent in the Hornets record when they played them to a 1-1 tie in the first regular season meeting between the two teams. Unfortunately, they weren't able to cash in either of those two accomplishments and lost to Emmaus 6-1 in Tuesday's semifinals.
While Emmaus and Parkland were battling against each other in their two regular season games this season, they were also playing on the same team in helping raise money and awareness for cancer research. More specifically, the two teams were helping 2011 Emmaus grad Andrew Schaefer, who is fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Schaefer has somewhat of a bond to both teams, since he played under both Parkland coach Patrick Birns and Emmaus coach John Cari when the two were on the same staff at Emmaus.