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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Emmaus' Mackenzie Grant controls the ball during a recent game against Whitehall. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCK Emmaus' Mackenzie Grant controls the ball during a recent game against Whitehall.

EHS girls soccer looks for EPC playoff spot

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Parkland came out putting constant pressure on the Emmaus defense and goalie Alexa Ryan. While the Hornets fended off the pressure, eventually, Parkland was able to get through the defense and picked up a 3-1 win over Emmaus in a key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.

The first meeting between the two teams went down as a historic Emmaus win as the Hornets snapped the Trojans’ 70-game District 11 winning streak. This time around, Parkland (12-2-0 EPC, 14-2-0 overall) looked to send a message.

The first Parkland goal came off a corner kick from Ava Hanna. Madi Warminsky found an open path to the goal and headed the ball past Ryan to put Parkland up 1-0. Warminsky would later collect an assist on a goal by Zoe Schutter. Parkland scored a goal with just 2:24 left in the first half that served as a bit of a dagger for Emmaus as it put the Hornets down 2-0 heading into the break.

Parkland dominated the game in the early going and played very physically. Emmaus (8-4-2, 9-4-2) was unable to get much momentum early and could not sustain any ball control down the field to get good looks at shots.

“Every time we step onto the field, we have to be sure that in every facet of the game, we’re ready to go,” said Emmaus head coach Sarah Oswald. “We came out a little cold and I asked them to just get some touches on the ball and get warmed up and Parkland came out a little physical, but it was part of our plan to sort of play our way into the game and just get some touches right out of the gate.”

On Schutter’s goal, Warminsky had initially shot but Ryan made a nice play to deflect the ball back out. Schutter was able to get to the ball before Ryan could regain her position. The Parkland goal came just under three minutes after Emmaus had made it a 2-1 game on a goal by Izzy Ingato, who blasted a free-kick over the head of goalie Teresa Gonzalez.

Later in the game, Emmaus had two shots by Lily Schmitt get tipped over the crossbar by Gonzalez.

“We had a ton of opportunities in the second half and a lot of them were on free kicks,” Oswald said. “Izzy has been playing some balls perfectly in those situations and this was the first time that I told her ‘just go for the goal.’ She was shocked that it went in and was jumping up and down, but she has the ability to do that and she’s played very well recently.”

The next day, Emmaus tied Pleasant Valley 1-1 and then got a little revenge of its own by beating Nazareth 2-1 after losing to the Blue Eagles 4-0 earlier in the season. Schmitt assisted on a goal by Kellie Reith in the draw against Pleasant Valley (10-4-1, 11-5-1) while Schmitt and Maggie Grant scored against Nazareth (9-4-1, 10-5-1), with both goals coming off assists from Grace Eisenhard.

The Hornets’ regular season wraps up this week with games against Whitehall (13-1-0, 14-1-0) and Central Catholic (5-8-1, 7-8-1).

“There’s no time anymore to be upset about anything,” said Oswald. “We just have to put our best effort on the field going forward. We need to play well to make the EPC playoffs and it’s going to test us to see just how tough we can be and whether we can do the things down the stretch to succeed.”