Parkland did a solid job in the fourth set of Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championships, limiting Nazareth hitter Maria Harding and tying the match at 2-2. It suddenly seemed as if all of the momentum swung to the Trojans’ bench.
And it had, until Harding and the Blue Eagles stepped on the court in the match-deciding fifth set.
Parkland girls soccer head coach Al Haddad is fortunate to have a core group of eight senior leaders, five of which started Tuesday’s East Penn Conference girls soccer quarterfinal game against Pocono Mountain East.
But it was two sophomores in particular, one of which was named an all-star before the game, who helped the Trojans advance to Thursday’s semifinal round.
When Parkland took on top seed and unbeaten Emmaus in the first round of the East Penn Conference field hockey playoffs, the Trojans couldn’t have been more prepared. Just three days earlier, the two teams squared off in the regular season finale.
And despite being shut out this time around against the a dominant Hornet team, Trojan head coach Lizzie Millen saw her team play much better with the lights brighter.
Parkland boys soccer head coach Patrick Birns couldn’t have asked for a better start against one of the East Penn Conference’s top teams last week in rival Emmaus.
But despite that momentum and an early 1-0 lead, Birns expected Emmaus to come out of halftime looking like a different team. And the Hornets certainly did.
The scoreboard may have showed a dominant win for the Parkland field hockey team against Allen earlier this week. But head coach Lizzy Millen knows the Trojans will have to play a bit better with a tough week ahead that includes Liberty on Thursday.
Parkland improved to 6-1 on the season with an 8-1 victory over the Canaries on Tuesday night at J. Birney Crum Stadium. Millen, however, sees room for improvement moving forward.
The Parkland field hockey coaching staff was reminded just how close the Trojans are to what they can ultimately become this season following Monday’s game against Stroudsburg. Parkland was ever so close to defeating the Mounties, one of the league’s top teams, just three days ago.
Parkland held a late lead, but Stroudsburg (6-2) scored the equalizer with only three minutes to play in regulation, then broke through seven minutes into overtime for the 3-2 victory at Parkland High School. It was Parkland’s second loss in as many games, dropping the Trojans to 6-3 on the season.
The irony is a bit chilling. Perhaps unsettling and alarming even.
On a Sunday back in 1988, Ted Brennan’s father suffered a heart attack in church when he was 51 years old. He didn’t survive.
Nearly 30 years later to the day, and at the same age as his father, Ted suffered one as well.
The Limeport Bulls kept getting knocked down. But they always found a way to get back up.
After facing a 1-0 deficit to top seeded Northampton in the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Bulls fought back to even things up. The Giants took Game 3, and Northampton led for much of the next game, which would have clinched a title for the Giants.
Heading up to the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Northampton Giants had coasted throughout the playoffs.
The Giants took Game 1 of the finals against the Limeport Bulls last week to continue that hot streak.
And while Game 2 wouldn’t decide the series, Limeport took it as a must-win situation. Then, the Bulls did what no other team could do in the postseason thus far: they beat the Giants.
North Parkland could pretty much taste a revenge opportunity against South Parkland. Just six outs separated the Buffaloes from earning a rematch with their rival as they held a six-run lead against top-seeded Salisbury last week in the Lehigh Valley Legion loser’s bracket final.
But that’s when North Parkland not only saw that possibility slip away, but also realized its season was coming to a heartbreaking end.
Salisbury scored eight runs over the final two innings to complete its comeback and end North Parkland’s season, 14-12, last Wednesday at Salisbury High School.