The Parkland-Exeter boys soccer match up has been a common nonconference meeting in recent years under head coach Patrick Birns.
But unfortunately for Birns and the Trojans, the home team has come away with the victory.
So, with Parkland traveling to Exeter Township High School on Saturday, the trend wasn’t on its side. It turns out that trend was put to rest with Parkland’s 1-0 shutout to keep the Trojans (3-0, 2-0 in EPC) unbeaten on the young season.
Some opponents of soccer say there’s not enough scoring to make the game interesting. Well, when it comes to the Parkland girls, they’re half right.
The Lady Trojans score plenty. It’s their opponents that are the ones unable to put the ball in the net. Through five games, Parkland has outscored opponents 27-3 and have earned shutouts in three games.
On a special night for the Northampton community, opening night for the Kids’ new stadium, Parkland sent the fans and team home unhappy in a 35-0 win to remain unbeaten at 2-0.
All 35 points came in the first half to quiet a packed house at the brand new Al Erdosy Field, the team’s first true home game in three years.
After two weeks of play, as expected, the Parkland football team remains undefeated with convincing wins over Dieruff and Northampton. But on the opposing sidelines at Parkland School District Stadium this Friday night will await another unbeaten. Central Catholic is a suprising 2-0 team The Vikings took down Pocono Mountain East and Whitehall the first two weeks of the season.
This is a different Vikings team than the past couple of years. Parkland head coach Jim Morgans knows the Central Catholic program all too well.
The Parkland cross country teams opened their season last Saturday at the 37th Annual DeSales University Centaur Invitational.
The boys varsity team has big goals for this season and the Trojans looked on schedule to achieve those goals.
Led by top-five finishes from Hailemichael Geiger and Dan Kyvelos, the Parkland boys won the varsity team title by seven points over second-place Owen J. Roberts.
When asked before the season about replacing eight starters on defense from last year’s team, head coach Jim Morgans was quick to note that there are still a lot of players back that have valuable experience and that this may be the most depth the Trojans have had in years.
The Parkland defense proved its head coach correct in shutting out Dieruff over the first half of last Friday’s season opener. The Huskies got their two touchdowns in the second half after Parkland’s first team had mostly been on the sideline.
Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The Union held a press conference announcing it will continue its player development structure by launching its own team in the lower division United Soccer League.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.
The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.
Even with the Bulls just coming off a five-run inning in the top of the third, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie had a few words for his teammates and players going into the fourth: "We're not done yet."
The Bulls' offense certainly wasn't finished, but that would have been more than enough with pitcher Jared Schaffer dealing on the mound.
After a pair of deflating losses in Games 3 and 4 of their Blue Mountain League semifinals matchup against Northampton, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie knew two things: The Bulls needed a quick start and their bats needed to come alive in Game 5.
Limeport scored 15 runs in Games 1 and 2 of that series to take a 2-0 lead. But the bats seemed to disappear after Northampton evened the series at two games apiece and held the Bulls to just one run.
After plenty of success in the Tri-County ranks in recent years, the Northern Yankees transitioned to the Blue Mountain League a year ago with much of the same triumph. In their inaugural BML season, the Yankees were one of the final four teams standing in last year's playoffs.
But a 1-0 series lead in the semifinals against Limeport quickly diminished to a 3-1 series defeat in a matter of days, leaving an uneasy feeling in the Yankees' stomachs.