Trojans get revenge
Offense was the focal point of their first matchup when Emmaus and Parkland combined to score 25 goals in the Hornets’ one-goal victory.
Offense was once again on full display on Monday, at least for one of those teams.
Parkland dominated from the opening whistle to avenge last month’s 13-12 defeat to their rivals. The Trojans (9-1 in EPC, 14-4 overall) scored eight goals in the first 25 minutes, took a 9-0 lead early in the second half, and closed out a 14-2 victory over Emmaus (8-2 , 13-5) at Parkland High School.
The win, Parkland’s seventh in a row and ninth in its last 10 games, positioned the Trojans in great shape for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs that start Wednesday. The top-seeded Trojans will face Nazareth, while Emmaus will take on Easton in the other semifinals matchup.
“We’ve been here before,” said Emmaus head coach Roxann Betz said. “We’ve had to move past tough losses. We had a terrible loss to Easton as well, and we were able to bounce back from that. We have a short turnaround having to play on Wednesday. So it’s going to be one day of practice trying to regroup and get things going.”
The best thing for Emmaus might be to get back on the field as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, it will be against a Red Rover team that was responsible for Emmaus’ lone EPC loss prior to Monday.
In Monday’s game, Parkland left little doubt as to how much it had learned from that prior loss. Abby Pope, who led the Trojans with four goals and three assists, found the back of the net twice in the first four minutes to give Parkland a 2-0 lead within the blink of an eye.
Pope then set up a wide open Camryn Barnett (three goals) for a 3-0 lead not even 10 minutes into play. Makcenzie Roth, Jill Bushinsky and Barnett all scored within 1:51 of each other to increase the Trojans’ lead to 6-0 before Pope got back in on the scoring.
Pope set up a cutting Bushinsky in front of Emmaus’ goal, then punched in her third of the game to cap Parkland’s offensive outburst of the first half.
“We weren’t putting the ball in the net,” Betz said. “We had our opportunities. We took 20 shots on goal and made two, so obviously that hurts when we’re getting the opportunities and not finishing on it. We weren’t coming up with the saves either on our end.”
Of the Hornets’ 20 shots on goal, Parkland goalie Brie Barraco had an answer for 11 of them. She recorded her 300th career save in Parkland’s win.
“I don’t think we were placing it as nicely as we can and we have in past games,” Betz said. “I think that is definitely part of it. Give their goalie credit; she did make some nice saves as well.”
Pope picked up a loose ball early in the second half, ripped it past Hornet goalie Chloe Gerhard, and Parkland suddenly had built a 9-0 lead before Emmaus got on the scoreboard.
Kendelle Conrad scored with 19:44 to play, but Parklan’s Morgan Hurd and Roth scored a minute apart to end any thoughts of a possible comeback.
Emmaus struggled to generate any rhythm offensively, and Maddy Dorn, who scored four goals in the teams’ previous matchup and is one of Emmaus’ scoring leaders, didn’t have many solid looks on net.
“Our team wasn’t getting her the ball when we needed to when she was open,” Betz said. “We were just missing those opportunities. But we have six girls that have more than 20-plus goals this season, so anyone can score. Every game is different with who is our scoring leader, so we don’t look to specifically get it to anyone.”