Boys soccer falls to PHS in semifinal
It was just another Parkland-Emmaus boys soccer postseason game. Another one-goal, overtime thriller that has become the norm when the two teams meet, especially in the postseason.
The Trojans and Hornets were tied at halftime, and then tied at the end of regulation and again after both 15-minute overtime periods. The game would have to be decided in penalty kicks.
The sixth-seeded Trojans made all five of theirs, while the third-seeded n Hornets missed one as Parkland won the shootout 5-4 after a 1-1 tie in regulation to advance from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal round last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School.
“I thought we played hard tonight,” said Emmaus head coach John Cari. “We played well and I thought we rose to the challenge despite being really thin in our lineup. We had some kids come off the bench that really did a great job. We had some different starters tonight than we normally do and I have to credit those guys for stepping up when it mattered. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Games between these two teams, whether in the regular season or in the postseason are always close. The two teams have met in consecutive district finals with one coming down to a shootout. They also played a pair of one-goal games in the 2018 regular season.
Tuesday night was no different.
It was a scoreless first half, as was the case in each of the previous two contests between the two teams this year, with both teams having quality chances on goal.
In the second half, Emmaus (13-5-1 overall, 12-3-1 EPC) got on the scoreboard first. After a Hornet player was fouled a few yards outside of the 18-yard box, Thomas Hanvey stepped up to take the free kick and delivered a lofted curler that found the back of the net for the game’s opener in the 23rd minute.
It took a little over five minutes for the Trojans (11-5-2, 10-4-2) to equalize. Junior defender Bryce Shalbert sent in a lofted shot from about 30 yards away. The ball bounced off the turf in front of the Emmaus goalie and over his head.
“Our lead didn’t last long,” Cari said. “I thought maybe our one-goal lead would be enough. It was two fluky goals tonight. Neither one was pretty. We had a goofy bounce that put ours in and then theirs went over our goalkeepers head. He went out a little aggressively and it went over his head with the spin.”
Emmaus is the third seed in the District 11 Class 4A tournament and opens up against sixth seed Pocono Mountain East Thursday at 7 p.m. at Emmaus High School.