Parkland opened the girls soccer season with a 3-1 win over Emmaus last week, with Brooke Schutter scoring two goals in the game. The Lady Trojans followed up the conference win over the Hornets with a 2-1 win over Governor Mifflin Saturday.
Senior Rachel Medlar scored a goal in both games for Parkland and Ava Hanna scored against Governor Mifflin.
Against Emmaus, Medlar and Schutter gave Parkland a 2-0 lead at the half and coach Al Haddad warned his players about what could happen in the next 40 minutes if they didn’t come out strong against the Hornets.
A young Parkland field hockey team opened up the season against defending state champion Emmaus last week, dropping the contest 7-1. Senior Meredith Sholder had three goals and two assists for the Hornets.
Parkland (0-2, 0-2) started a number of freshman players, but it was senior Jenna Lysakowski who got Parkland’s goal with 10:43 to play in the second half. Emmaus coach Sue Butz-Stavin said that was the first time her team had given up a goal in the opening game since 1995. Ironically, that was also in a game against Parkland.
This season marks the first season for Parkland’s fall sports teams on the new turf field. While none of the teams have played a regular season game on the field, the early returns from preseason workouts and scrimmages have been positive.
Perhaps the biggest plus that coaches have reported is having pretty much eliminated ankle injuries from players stepping on uneven areas of the old grass field.
In Lizzie Millen’s first year as head coach of the Parkland field hockey team, the Trojans took some strides forward and finished at 11-9-1 on the season. Now, the program is prepared to start kicking things into a higher gear as it enters year two under Millen and assistant coach Kristen Shickora.
It didn’t take much for Macy Szukics to get hooked on field hockey. When she was just seven years old, she found her mom’s old field hockey stick and asked what it was. Her mom, Jennifer, who played field hockey at Dieruff High School and later in college until a back issue forced her to give up the sport, sacrificed her senior field hockey ball with signatures from teammates to let Macy hit around.
Pitching will win a lot of games for a team. Nowhere does pitching play a bigger role than in the postseason of Legion play. The schedule becomes very cramped, with some teams having to play five straight days. When you combine that with the innings limits that are imposed on pitchers, teams are often stretched on pitching.
That’s where South Parkland had a distinct advantage this season, thanks to a roster full of promising young pitchers. The team used eight different starters during the regular season, with five of those pitchers starting multiple games for the Trojans.
Sometimes, it seems like the more you beat a team, the tougher it gets to keep beating them. That was the case for South Parkland, which won both regular season games against Northern Valley and then beat the Chargers again in the Lehigh Valley Legion League playoffs. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Northern Valley returned and take two straight from the Trojans to win their first LVL Championship since 2011.
North Parkland’s hopes for a return trip to regionals were dashed by a loss to West Allentown, giving the Buffaloes their second loss in the double-elimination playoffs for the Lehigh Valley Legion League championship.
The Buffaloes, who came into the playoffs as the number-three seed, won their first-round game against Lower Macungie, but then lost to rival South Parkland, sending them into the loser’s bracket and the meeting with West Allentown.
The Buffaloes finished the regular season at 11-7.
South Parkland finished just one game behind regular season champion Coplay-Fullerton in the Lehigh Valley Legion standings, but the Trojans had their shot at first place right down to the final day of the season.
The two teams met last Friday to complete a suspended game from earlier in the year and then play a full game to wrap up the schedule. South Parkland (13-5) was only able to split the two games, leaving it just shy of first place and the number-two seed for this week’s legion playoffs.
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to rival North Parkland in the second game of the season, South Parkland has pulled off four straight wins in Lehigh Valley Legion play.
The Trojans’ showdown with undefeated Coplay-Fullerton on Sunday finished with a 5-5 game that was suspended and will be completed on July 1, the last night of the regular season.
That game, combined with the regularly scheduled finale between the two teams on the same night, could well determine the top seed in the league, if the early returns continue the way they’ve gone.