EHS takes out Trojans in OT
For the Parkland field hockey team, coming into Saturday’s game at Memorial Field was like heading into the Super Bowl. Not only were the Trojans facing their rival, but they would have liked nothing more than to deny coach Sue Butz-Stavin her 900th career victory. They came close, but in the end, the Hornets celebrated the milestone after a 2-1 win in overtime.
While Parkland (4-4-1) has had some tough stretches this season as its young forwards look to establish themselves, it wasn’t apparent against Emmaus. An already tough defense got tougher and goalkeeper Brie Barraco, who is headed to play field hockey at Penn State following the season, was outstanding. Barraco made 36 saves, which didn’t really surprise anyone from Emmaus.
“Brie is always tough,” said Butz-Stavin of the opposing goalie. “She usually shows up and gets about 35 saves and has done that throughout her career and she’s a nice kid from a nice family.”
Emmaus, normally known for having a high percentage of success on corners, struggled against Parkland and had a difficult time getting its offense in sync. The Hornets maintained ball possession throughout most of the game, but weren’t able to finish on shots. It wasn’t until there was 26:50 left to play in the game that Emmaus was able to go up 1-0 when Joy Muller found an opening in front of the goal and was able to tap it past Barraco.
Parkland tied the game a little more than 12 minutes later when Aubrey Semler sneaked a shot past Claire Nielsen.
Both teams had a couple of other opportunities, but neither cashed in during regulation. It took less than five minutes in the overtime period for senior Leah Zellner to score the winning goal off an assist from freshman Annika Herbein.
“It started from the backfield and we had a really nice pass out and I was wide open in the center and they gave me an extremely nice ball,” said Zellner. “I knew Brie, the goalie, was going to come out. So, I was thinking maybe if I lifted the ball over her we could get something.”
While Butz-Stavin wasn’t completely pleased with the offensive effort, she did find some positives in the win.
“Joy [Muller] came off the bench today and got a strong post, which we’ve been working with our forwards to finish,” Butz-Stavin said. “Opportunities were there. We just have to be faster, quicker and move the ball a little bit better, but we persevered.”