Gerhard keeps EHS close vs. PHS
Despite Parkland’s untarnished record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, head coach Roxann Betz and the Emmaus girls’ lacrosse team didn’t fear the Trojans heading into last week’s late season meeting.
Then the Hornets nearly pulled off the upset.
Emmaus, which was tied with Parkland early in the second half and trailed by one midway through it, came up just short against the league’s dominant team.
The Trojans (15-2 overall; 10-0 in EPC) scored four of the final five goals to down the Hornets (10-7; 6-4) last Thursday at Parkland High School.
“Honestly, I thought we played really well until the end,” Betz said. “They came out knowing that they wanted to really take it to them, and try to prove to them that we are a strong team as well. I really feel Chloe [Gerhard] in goal really helped us out.
“They do a really good job getting the ball to different girls down on attack. So, I think that is huge for us. They just continue to work well together. They are disappointed, but they had fun.”
After fighting back from a 3-0 deficit in the first half to tie the game, Lizzy Ninesling’s second goal of the night tied the game at 4-4 to open the second half.
Parkland had an answer though. A scoring flurry from Emily Leiby (four goals), Camryn Barnett (three goals) and Mackenzie Roth (two goals, two assists) put the Trojans in commanding control at 7-4 with 16:39 remaining.
But Emmaus wouldn’t roll over. Paige Weaver ripped her second of three goals by Parkland goalie Brie Barraco to get the Hornets within 7-5. Then, Taylor O’Brien ripped one into the back of the cage and Emmaus trailed by a single goal with 11:40 to play.
“They really started gelling and playing hard,” Betz said. “Chloe has stepped up a bunch in the past couple of games, and I think that has built confidence for the entire team. We have one more non-conference game, but then we are excited to go into districts. Who knows, maybe one of these times we’ll come away with a win against one of these teams.”
Parkland pulled away late behind that trio of Barneet, Roth and Leiby. Goals from Roth and Barnett just 14 seconds apart gave the Trojans some breathing room at 9-6. Leiby’s game-high fourth goal all-but ended Emmaus’ chance at a comeback bid, as Parkland led 10-6 with 5:43 remaining.
While the Hornets did come up short, the main bright spot was Gerhard, who had eight saves. She was the kept Emmaus within striking distance in the first half with seven saves in the first two quarters.
“She just concentrates on her own game,” Betz said. “I don’t think she lets any opponent affect the way she plays. She has just really stepped up the past couple of games, and is building confidence with the saves she is making.”
Results from Monday’s nonleague game against Upper Perkiomen were not available at Press deadline.