Parkland, Em­maus go score­less

The Morning Call - - SPORTS - By Michael Blouse Michael Blouse is a free­lance writer.

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.

DAVID GAR­RETT/SPE­CIAL TO THE MORN­ING CALL

Parkland goal­keeper Katey Kunz makes a save against Em­maus on Mon­day night.

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