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Emmaus tops PHS in field hockey season finale

The Parkland High School field hockey team concluded its regular season with back-to-back losses, albeit to challenging opponents in Twin Valley and Emmaus. But the Trojans also had a successful season overall, finishing with a 13-6 record and 10-4 mark in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. They also had a victory over Colonial League foe Southern Lehigh mixed in.

“The end of the season went well for us I thought overall,” said Trojan head coach Julie Sikorsky. “We ended with some solid wins and games against difficult teams. We had a win against Southern Lehigh that was well played. We fought tough against Twin Valley and Emmaus. Although losses, I was happy with what I saw and how my team was able to elevate themselves to a difficult opponent. We also earned field hockey’s 600th win at Parkland which was a great accomplishment to celebrate with this team.”

Parkland earned a top-four spot in the standings and was the four seed in the EPC playoffs. The Trojans took on Pocono Mountain East, the fifth seed, and pulled out a 1-0 victory in the first round on a goal by Jordan Brunnabend in the third quarter.

“Pocono Mountain East is always a difficult opponent for us, but we were happy to have them on our home field,” Sikorsky said. “We played a little bit on our heels, more defensive and struggled offensively a bit. We came together in the third quarter and were able to find the cage. I am happy with the win, however we will need to play more unified and offensive if we want to compete with Emmaus in the semifinals.”

Besides Brunnabend, Sikorsky mentioned her goalie and some midfielders as to who shined bright in the win.

“Jordan Brunnabend scored the goal in the third quarter of the game, so she really came up big for us,” said Sikorsky. “Hope Patrick, our goalie played well. Aurora Gery and Elaina Fragassi played well at the midfield.”

The Trojans then fell to the Green Hornets in the semi final round by a 7-0 score and will wait to see where they fare in the District 11 Class 4A Tournament next week.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Anna Sensinger looks to get the ball into the circle during a recent game against Emmaus.