The seniors on the Parkland girls soccer team have no idea what it’s like to not finish the season as the conference champion. For four straight seasons, Parkland has taken home the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, grabbing its fourth in a row with a 2-1 win over Easton at J. Birney Crum Stadium last week.
After outscoring Emmaus 8-1 in their two regular season meetings this season, it looked like the Eastern Pennsylvania semifinal matchup between the Trojans and Hornets was going to be somewhat lopsided when Parkland jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half.
Parkland is known for making adjustments at halftime that generate more goals in the second half, but this time it was different. In the end, Parkland grabbed a 3-2 win, but it wasn’t easy as the Hornets completely outplayed Parkland in the final half.
After winning their first 17 games of the season, the Emmaus field hockey team went to Parkland High School for the final game of the regular season looking to remain perfect for the third straight season.
After giving Emmaus all it could handle in a 2-1 overtime game earlier in the season, Parkland was looking to end that streak of perfection. Parkland again gave Emmaus a strong effort last week, but came up short in a 3-0 loss to the Hornets.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer semifinal game between Parkland and Freedom was barely under way when the Trojans hit their first goal of the night that made it look like it might be a long night for the Patriots. Instead, Freedom kept Parkland at bay and it would be another 42 minutes until the Trojans scored again.
When all was said and done, Parkland advanced with a 2-1 win over Freedom in a game that got pretty testy at times, especially in the second half.
Senior night is always a big night for high school teams and Parkland’s celebration on Tuesday turned out to have a couple extra highlights to it, including a 6-0 win over Northampton.
The usual game plan is to start some of the senior players who don’t get much playing time, or try to get them some significant playing time during the game. With a roster featuring 14 seniors, it was impossible for every senior to start, but that problem worked itself out when senior starters Bryce Evans, Andrew Luchansky and Owen Iacobelli came up with a plan.
Parkland spent much of the first half of its game against Northwestern attacking the Tigers goal, but came away empty thanks to some acrobatics by goalkeeper McKenna Amey. In the end though, the Trojans kept their undefeated record intact with a 3-0 win over Northwestern in Monday’s non-conference game.
The Parkland boys soccer team played perhaps its best game of the season against rival Emmaus, beating the Hornets 3-0 to take both regular season games against the division foe.
As it turned out, the game went much like the first meeting between the two teams, with Parkland getting an early goal to make things tough on Emmaus. The Parkland defense was so stifling that it didn’t allow a shot on goal in the game.
Gut-wrenching. Grueling. Disappointing.
Those words were used to describe Parkland’s girls tennis match against Southern Lehigh Saturday in temperatures approaching 90 degrees. In all, the match took well over four hours to complete thanks to a couple of late singles matches that both went Parkland’s way. When all was said and done, the Lady Spartans had pulled out a 4-3 win over the Trojans
While both Parkland and Pleasant Valley have strong defenses, the Trojans have some offense to go with it.
The Bears could use a little more offense, so they were relying on their defense when they came into Parkland for a Saturday afternoon game.
Parkland gave upits first goal to an EPC opponent this season, but escaped with a 3-1 win over Pleasant Valley in stifling heat.
It’s hard to believe, but the regular season is almost over for high school tennis.
Parkland has just three matches remaining after beating rival Emmaus 7-0 on Tuesday at Emmaus High School. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament begins next Thursday and with a 9-3 record, Parkland is looking to play a big role in the postseason.