The Parkland football team is looking to rebound from just it’s third mercy-rule loss in school history.
The Trojans (2-2 overall, 1-2 EPC) have lost two straight games, both against Bethlehem-area teams. And another Christmas City team, Liberty, awaits this Friday night as Parkland heads to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium for the second week in a row.
BY CJ Hemerly
The Parkland field hockey team featured four different goal scorers and broke two different second-half ties to hold onto a 4-3 victory over Liberty last Tuesday evening at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the EPC, the Trojans (8-0-1 overall, 7-0-1 EPC) came out on top over the Hurricanes (6-3, 5-3) for the first time in fifth-year head coach Lizzy Millen’s tenure at the helm.
Following a tough overtime defeat at rival Emmaus, the Parkland boys soccer team started getting on a roll, winning its next two games.
Then they ran into the East Penn Conference’s other undefeated team. And just like against the Green Hornets, the Trojans fell just short, dropping a game to Liberty 1-0 last Wednesday evening in EPC action at Parkland High School.
The Hurricanes (7-0, 7-0) scored the lone goal on a penalty shot from Chris Schray. That was all they would need as goalies Blake Koski and Ryan Siegfried combined for six saves and the shutout.
With the regular season coming to a close this week, the Parkland golf team now shifts its focus to the postseason. Despite not being pegged as one of the favorites heading into Monday’s East Penn Conference Tournament, Trojan head coach Ryan Kilpatrick believes this unit is capable of having success next Monday at Olde Homestead Golf Course.
It’s hard to believe that the second game of the season can have a playoff feel to it, but when it’s part of the Parkland and Emmaus rivalry, it’s much easier to believe. With filled bleachers and a raucous atmosphere, the two teams met for the first time this season and played fiercely until Parkland was able to leave the field with a key 3-2 win.
The Parkland girls and boys cross country squads have performed well early in 2019, getting off to 3-0 starts. Coach Stephen Ott is pleased with the work ethic and results.
“Our first meet was on our course,” Ott said. “It is not an easy course, yet both teams did awesome.”
So far, solid teamwork has made a difference for the Trojans.
“Cross country is truly both a team and individual sport,” the coach said. “The support and encouragement the runners give each other is amazing.”
This year, Parkland’s seniors have been assigned a freshman to mentor.
After a tepid first quarter, the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks (3-1, 2-2) pounced on, and all over, the Parkland Trojans (2-2, 1-2) in a 44-7 mercy-rule rout at BASD Stadium. The defeat raised many questions for the Trojans.
Four games into the season, the Trojans are a .500 team and heading in the wrong direction.
The Parkland football team has relied heavily on its defense over the years. That defense was needed for a final stand against unbeaten Freedom last Friday, but was unable to stop a fourth down attempt and the clock wound down in a 21-18 loss to the Patriots last week in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference showdown at Parkland School District Stadium.
Freedom’s powerful offensive line and skillful backfield took the stage and came through when they needed to most and killed off the final 6:38 off the clock to hang on for the victory.
The Parkland football team came one fourth down stop from getting the ball back with a chance at defeating Freedom last week, but the Trojans could not make the stop. Now Parkland (2-1 overall, 1-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South) will look to bounce back and start another win streak when it travels to take on Bethlehem Catholic (2-1, 1-1) on Saturday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The Golden Hawks’ only loss of the season also came against the Patriots, who beat Beca and Parkland in back-to-back week.
The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have a penchant for playing close games that go until the final whistle. That was once again the case in their matchup last Wednesday.
Emmaus’s Andrew Gaines followed up on a rebound off of a direct kick from about 40-yards away from net and broke a 1-1 deadlock when he scored a golden goal 3:06 into overtime to help the Green Hornets take down the Trojans 2-1 at Emmaus High School’s Memorial Field in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.