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.
The game should have been over twice, or so it seemed. But two goals were disallowed, which prevented any scoring in another chapter of the Emmaus-Parkland boys soccer rivalry last Saturday night at Lehigh County Sports Complex.
The Green Hornets found the back of the net off of a corner kick late in the first half, but it was called offside. The Trojans ripped a shot that pierced the net but the final whistle blew just as the kick was made and did not count.
Through its first two games, the Parkland football team had not been challenged. The Trojans won their first two games over Dieruff and Northampton by a combined score of 87-14.
But last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium, Central Catholic gave the Trojans all they could handle.
Parkland scored 28 unanswered points and then held on after the Vikings scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 28-14 victory and a 3-0 start to the season.
Boys soccer games between Emmaus and Parkland have always been intense, and sometimes chippy. The players and coaches know each other well, and each program wants and expects to win, so that makes each game of this rivalry better.
But last Saturday night at Lehigh County Sports Complex, the two teams came together for a good cause.
For the last three years, the two rivals have joined forces in helping to raise money for students with cancer.
On Friday night the Parkland football team will make the trek to the Poconos, its longest road trip of the season.
The challenge will be to stay motivated after a close 28-14 win overCentral Catholic last week, the Trojans first real test of the season after two blowout wins the first two weeks of the season.
Pocono Mountain West has lost its first three games by double digits to Whitehall, Stroudsburg and Bethlehem Catholic. The Panthers fell 54-6 to the Hawks last Saturday.
The Parkland girls volleyball team has not been tested yet in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule. Last Tuesday night was no different. In a clash between rivals and two of the better teams in the district, the Trojans easily dispatched of Emmaus 3-0 by scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-13.
The defending Class AAA state champion, Parkland is ranked No. 1 in the state and the Trojans showed why they are ranked so highly.
The Green Hornets never threatened as the Trojans used their height in front of the net to send down points and block anything coming their way.
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.