With 16 divers from Parkland competing in the EPC Diving Meet last weekend at Emmaus High School, the Trojans had, by far, the largest contingent. No other school had more than four divers entered in the competition, which consisted of 11 dives by each competitor.
When the day was done, Parkland came away with first place finishes on both the boys and girls side of the event. Kelsey German finished with a score of 414.65 to take the girls competition, while Chris Lehman finished with a score of 435.30 for the boys.
The Lady Trojans opened up their PIAA first round game against Cumberland Valley with a three-goal barrage in the first 10 minutes of the game, but remarkably, it wasn’t enough.
The Eagles came back with four second-half goals and a 4-3 win. The loss eliminated Parkland from the state tournament.
For a team that allowed just five goals all season coming into the game, the offensive outburst by Cumberland Valley was certainly unexpected.
Rivals Parkland and Emmaus met for the District 11 championship in boys soccer last Thursday at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
The two teams are very familiar with each other, having played three other times this season, including in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, with the two teams playing to a scoreless tie in the first meeting and then splitting the next two games. With a trip to the PIAA playoffs on the line, Emmaus came away with a 2-0 win over the Trojans last week.
For a team that focuses on defense, the Parkland girls soccer team showed a whole lot of offense to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, downing Pleasant Valley 5-1 last week in a game played at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium. The win gave the Lady Trojans (20-1) their second straight conference title and their fourth in the last five seasons.
This may be coach Lizzie Millen’s first year on the job, but there’s no denying that she knows how to work with her players. Key reminders from Millen played a big part in Parkland’s 1-0 win over Pocono Mountain East in the first round of the District 11 Class AAA field hockey playoffs.
After playing a scoreless first half, Millen sat her players down at intermission and reminded them about the game plan that they came into the game with, but had somehow strayed from during their first 30 minutes on the field.
There’s a little-known fact about Humpty Dumpty: he would be able to coach the Parkland boys soccer team even in a conference final. At least that’s what assistant coach Scott Mang said about taking over the team for a game while head coach Patrick Birns served a one-game suspension. Mang did a solid job in leading Parkland to a 3-2 win over Pocono Mountain East and the fourth conference title in seven seasons for the Trojans.
The good news for Parkland field hockey is that it qualified for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament. The bad news is that they it drew top-seeded Emmaus in the first round and lost 4-1.
Sophomore Allie Bianco scored the lone goal for the Lady Trojans with 17:50 left to play.
Back to the good news, Parkland (6-7-1 EPC, 10-8-1 overall) has some time to prepare for the District 11 Class AAA playoffs, which begin next week.
Parkland and Emmaus combined to score one goal in their two regular season meetings, but the Trojans erupted – if you can call it that – with two goals in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals to beat the Hornets 2-0 and advance to the conference championship against the Pocono Mountain East Cardinals, who are now 16-2 in the EPC and 18-2 overall on the season.
The Cardinals downed Stroudsburg 2-1 in overtime in the other EPC semifinal.
Usually when a team holds a 1-0 lead in soccer, especially in a playoff game, there’s a little bit of nail-biting going on, but that’s not the case with Parkland. Their nails are in no danger of being chewed off, because they simply don’t play nervous soccer even with a one-goal lead. That’s how Parkland, 19-1 overall, staved off Nazareth to win 1-0 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals at J. Birney Crum Stadium Tuesday night.
The Parkland and Emmaus soccer programs are two of the better programs in the Lehigh Valley, so when they get together, great things tend to happen. In their first meeting of the season, the two teams played to a scoreless draw through two overtimes. The second meeting wasn’t much different.
Through the first 73 minutes of regulation, neither team was able to break through with a goal until Emmaus took advantage of a bad bounce and went up 1-0. That lone goal stood up for the Hornets, who walked off their home field with a win.