The Parkland girls soccer team may be one of the hardest working teams in the Lehigh Valley.
The Trojans don’t practice like most teams. They go at each other hard and don’t let up just because they’re teammates. That type of intensity has prepared the team for the postseason and has made life easier on them. That tenacity has helped them to back-to-back 8-0 wins over Liberty and Whitehall in the EPC Playoffs, earning them a spot in the conference championship.
The Parkland boys soccer team opened its postseason with a win over Northampton in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinals. But the Trojans suffered an early exit from the tournament when No. 3 seed Stroudsburg pulled out a 2-1 overtime win over the Trojans Tuesday at Pleasant Valley High School.
Parkland fell behind 1-0 in the first half, but Josh Kiser tied the game in the 72nd minute to force overtime.
District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss playoff scenarios heading into week nine of the football season. With six classifications this season, things appear to be clearer than in the past, as 3A and 6A has eight qualifiers this postseason, while 1A, 2A, 4A and 5A will have four qualifiers in each bracket.
In 5A, Whitehall, Southern Lehigh, East Stroudsburg South and East Stroudsburg North are the only teams in the classification and all four are headed to the postseason.
A breakdown of each class is below.
1. Williams Valley 7-1
In a week 7 loss to Bethlehem Catholic, the bread and butter of the Parkland offense could not get going. The run game was held in check for most of the night, and the Trojans were held to just seven points offensively, a touchdown pass by Michael Ruisch to Conner Bernecker.
But last weekend against Pocono Mountain East, Parkland (6-2 overall) found its rushing attack once again. Five different Trojan tailbacks found the end zone in a 45-0 shutout win on homecoming at Parkland School District Stadium.
The East Penn Conference released their updated playoff schedule on Wednesday with sites and times.
In field hockey, top-seed Emmaus will take on two-seed Stroudsburg at Whitehall High School at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
In boys soccer, top-seed Liberty advanced to the finals and will take on third-seeded Stroudsburg which needed OT to knock off Parkland, the two seed, on Tuesday. This game will take place at Nazareth on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference held quarterfinal playoff games in field hockey and soccer Saturday. The semifinal round will be played Tuesday at neutral sites. For more about your local varsity teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
Pocono Mountain East-Liberty
The Hurricanes beat the Cardinals 2-1 in overtime.
Some Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football games had playoff implications Friday night. For more about all your local teams see this week’s edition of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Emmaus 34, Liberty 21
Bethlehem Catholic 40, Whitehall 20
Parkland 45, Pocono Mountain East 0
Easton 35, Northampton 0
Southern Lehigh 21, Northwestern 8
Palmerton 46, Catasauqua 6
Northern Lehigh 28, Salisbury 0
The East Penn Conference announced playoff matchups for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 14. Here’s a look:
Three games will take place Saturday, Oct. 15: Whitehall (8) at Emmaus (1) 3:30 p.m.; Easton (5) at Northampton (4), 2 p.m.; Pocono Mt. East (6) at Liberty (3) 3:30 p.m.; Parkland (7) at Stroudsburg (2) 2 p.m.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the finals slated for Thursday, Oct. 20.
The following is Lehigh Valley Press area scores from games of Thursday, Oct. 13.
The Hurricanes scored three first-half goals to beat the Patriots 3-0.
Xander Kang had a goal and an assist. Valentin Perevalov and Wilmer Aleman also scored goals, while Sammy Abiles had the other assist.
Liberty’s Jone Hess (3) and Peyton Virgillo (2) combined for five saves. Freedom’s Andrew Flynn stopped 17 shots.
The Trojans beat the Zephyrs 6-2.
There’s a famous story about when the 1962 Mets, the first team in the franchise’s history, reported for Spring Training. Manager Casey Stengel assembled his players, held up a baseball and started to explain how it’s used in the game. Stengel was much like Millie Birosik Nemeth, who gave her field hockey players a ball and a stick in 1963 and started explaining how the game worked. After all, it was the first season that Parkland had a field hockey team and Nemeth was its coach.