As an undefeated team facing a winless team, it might not seem like much was on the line for the Parkland football team Friday night.
However, the Trojans played like the game meant everything, handing Pocono Mountain West a 63-20 loss on the Panthers’ home field.
“Our kids played hard.,” said Parkland head coach Jim Morgans. “Our kids don’t [look past any opponent]. They haven’t. This group of seniors has great leadership. They prepare themselves for these games.”
Parkland finished the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf season last week with a home match against Emmaus.
The Trojans tried to play spoiler as the Hornets needed the win to clinch their fourth straight league title, but Emmaus’ had three players shoot in the 70s en route to a 386-410 win.
That marked the second-closest match the Hornets played this season, as only Nazareth (392-415) got closer than the Trojans’ 24 stroke-margin against Emmaus.
Parkland head coach Mark Levan was satisfied with his young team’s effort as it finished off an 11-4 season.
Ho-hum, another shutout for the Parkland girls soccer team.
This time, it was a 2-0 win over Nazareth (7-2-1 EPC, 8-3-1 overall) for the Trojans 10th straight win and eighth straight shutout. Chelsea Hudson and Emily Piston scored for Parkland, while goalkeeper Regan Allsop turned away the only three shots that she had to face, thanks to a stifling defense in front of her.
Tuesday afternoon’s weather in the Lehigh Valley wasn’t exactly conducive to playing sports outdoors. The Nazareth and Parkland boys soccer teams found that out first hand as they played through soggy, slippery conditions and ended in a 1-1 draw.
Tyler Madeira put Parkland up 1-0 in the first half when he headed in a perfect cross from Ben Jago for the first goal of the game. Considering the conditions, it wouldn’t have been surprising if that edge had held up as the final score, but Nazareth got a goal from Ibraham Tounkara late in the game to tie the contest 1-1.
Parkland came away with a 3-2 win over Nazareth on Tuesday, but it certainly wasn’t easy. The game started in a downpour that eventually slowed to a light rain that continued throughout the game, making the field conditions less than desirable. The win was important to get Parkland back on track after a disappointing 3-3 tie with Pocono Mountain East (2-5-1 in the EPC, 4-5-2 overall) on Saturday.
The Parkland-Whitehall rivalry has been a fierce one for a long time. In football the last two years, the teams have split their meetings with the Trojans winning two years ago and the Zephyrs taking the latest game last year at home.
But this year seems a bit different. Whitehall is struggling after losing 20 of 22 starters and has started the year 2-2. Parkland is coming off a dominant performance last Friday in a 63-20 win at Pocono Mountain West to remain undefeated at 4-0.
Kelley Stump had plenty of success on the Parkland field hockey team just a few years ago. During her time there, the Trojans finished as league and district runner-up when she was a sophomore; that team also advanced to the PIAA semifinals. But a championship eluded her during her high school years.
There’s a saying in sports about teams that are perennially successful: they don’t rebuild, they reload.
That’s exactly what the Parkland girls soccer team has done. Young players are getting a chance to play this season and they’ve instantly stepped up to keep the team at the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings.
Parkland field hockey is off to a strong start this season under new coach Lizzy Millen. With a conference record of 3-2 and an overall record of 6-2, Parkland enters a stretch of the schedule that will test the team against stiff Eastern Pennsylvania Conference competition.
Parkland tennis suffered a tough 5-2 loss to Central Catholic (9-1, 10-1) on Monday. Number-three singles player Anna Li picked up a strong 6-0, 6-1 win over Madison Hess and the number-three singles team of Sabrina Ghosh and Maanasi Gothoskar picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win in their match for the only two wins on the day for Parkland.
The match was a far contrast to Saturday’s match when the Lady Trojans (9-2, 9-2) finished off Emmaus (7-4, 7-5) by a decisive 7-0 score.