PHS field hockey drops season finale at Emmaus
The Parkland High School field hockey team finished its regular season with a loss to rival Emmaus, 5-0, on the road last Thursday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
The Trojans ended the year 13-5 overall and 11-3 in the EPC, while the Green Hornets improved to 18-0 and 14-0. Head coach Julie Sikorsky knows how talented Emmaus is and what they did on Thursday to come out on top.
“They executed on corners well and remained strong on the post,” said Sikorsky. “They had more than one good tip to score their goals. They are always fast and move the ball well player to player, creating good chances on cage.”
Still, despite the loss in the season finale, Sikorsky is pleased with the overall season and the way her team played.
“I felt the regular season went well, however, I felt the team didn’t give themselves enough credit in the home stretch of the season,” Sikorsky said. “We had a few tough losses against Nazareth, Southern Lehigh and Pocono Mountain East that I think lowered our confidence a bit. We struggled to find the cage in those games, only scoring one goal. I obviously cannot say I am upset with a 13-5 record though, because there was still a lot of success and positivity to reflect on.”
The Trojans ended up getting revenge on a team they previously lost to during the season as they took down the Cardinals 2-0 last Saturday in the EPC Quarterfinal round. Logan Oswald scored in the third quarter and Darby Reyburn scored in the fourth to round out the scoring.
“It’s always nice to get a win in general, but to see a team we previously lost to and dominate the game was excellent for our confidence,” said Sikorsky. “We came off the second half of the Emmaus game feeling strong and that definitely carried over to Saturday.”
Parkland had a rematch with Emmaus in the semifinal round and fell 2-0 to the Hornets. The Trojans will go on to compete in the District 11 Class 3A tournament. They are third in the district rankings, which would give them a home game against Liberty to in the first round of districts.
“I hope to see them just play their hardest as a team,” Sikorsky said. “As long as we can finish and scores goals, I am confident we will see success in the postseason.”