Parkland, Emmaus go scoreless
Emmaus and Parkland played 100 minutes of girls soccer on Monday night at Memorial Field.
The rivals, though, settled nothing.
Neither team found the inside of the net in a 0-0 twoovertime tie, with coach Sarah Oswald’s Green Hornets handing coach Al Haddad’s Trojans their only slight blemish in 15 games.
Emmaus is 10-3-1 overall and 9-3-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Parkland is now 14-0-1 and 12-0-1.
Both Oswald and Haddad called the tie a positive result.
“I think at this time of season, playing your division the second time around, a tie is a good result,” said Oswald, whose team dropped a 3-2 decision to Parkland on Sept. 4. “I think we played well enough the first time around to beat them but didn’t get the result and I think we showed up well enough tonight.
“We stuck to the game-plan and the girls worked their butts off from endline to endline. We just couldn’t find the finish.”
“A tie against Emmaus on their home field is viewed as a positive,” said Haddad, whose team is ranked in the state and whose program owns five consecutive EPC crowns and four straight District 11 titles.
Not surprisingly, the coaches pointed to their backlines and goalies as the stars of the night.
Parkland junior Katey Kunz, in particular, was outstanding. She is the Trojans’ third-string goalie who was forced into action with starter Zia Reed and reserve Teresa Gonzalez on the sideline with injuries. Kunz was credited with nine saves, including several that were highlight-reel worthy.
“We didn’t know what to expect with Katey in goal,” Haddad admitted. “She’s played in some games and done some good things in games. But this was a different game, it was Emmaus and she’s starting. And she was nervous.
“I thought she put on the goal-keeping exhibition of the season for us. She kept a clean sheet against a very good team.”
Emmaus stymied the Trojans’ high-octane offense that features Lehigh-bound standout Ava Schaller. Oswald complimented the Green Hornets’ backline of Lily Schmidt, Grace Eisenhard, Morgan Dill, Liz Andronis and Isabella Ingato.
“I thought our backline was stellar,” she said. “That’s a team with a ton of attacking presence that can strike at any moment.”
Parkland prowess: With Monday’s tie, Parkland is now an amazing 103-2-1 vs. District 11 opponents — conference and non-conference, regular-season and postseason — since the start of the 2015 campaign.
It’s been a dominant five-year run.
Emmaus ended the Trojans’ 70-game streak in the second contest of the season last year. Parkland then prevailed in the rematch and again in the district’s Class 4A semifinals.
Parkland finished 23-3 overall a season ago. The Trojans won conference and district titles, then won a game in the state playoffs.
Haddad said an intense, tight contest like Monday’s will be beneficial to his team.
“It’s a positive in that it shows our girls the fragility of the season,” he said. “That just like that, we could be in PKs right now in the playoffs. And we’ve been on both sides of that. It’s a little wakeup call, which is great right now.”
Future futball:The Green Hornets and Trojans wrap up their EPC schedules next week before the postseason tournament starts on Saturday, Oct. 12. They both have three Skyline Division games remaining.
Emmaus meets Nazareth on Wednesday, Whitehall on Friday and Central Catholic on Monday. Parkland plays Northampton on Wednesday, Nazareth on Friday and Whitehall on Monday. While the Trojans are finished with the non-conference portion of their schedule, the Green Hornets get Methacton on Saturday.
Parkland can clinch the No. 1 seed for the EPC playoffs with a win Wednesday.
Parkland goalkeeper Katey Kunz makes a save against Emmaus on Monday night.