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Parkland girls soccer team stays unbeaten

The Parkland High School girls soccer team has played near flawless soccer all throughout the 2023 regular season thus far, and its shown in their record. The Trojans entered last week as one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with Central Catholic (15-0-1, 14-0-1), and they began this week in the same boat.

Parkland won all three of its games last week, all three in conference play to improve to 16-0-1 overall and 14-0-1 in the EPC. The Trojans defeated Liberty 6-0 last Tuesday, Oct. 3, and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Whitehall that Thursday night, both games were at Parkland High School. Parkland then held on in a tightly contested game at Nazareth last Saturday, edging the Blue Eagles 1-0.

Against the Hurricanes, five different Parkland players found the back of the net, led by two goals from Isabella Hallal. Julia Hayward, Kennedy Perkins, Ellie Kocher and Dani Marsteller each added a goal for the Trojans. Perkins, Evi Gougoustamos, Lauren Ervin and Liana Zurinskas all added an assist each. The defense held Liberty without a shot and the offense finished with 32 shots, including 20 on goal. They held a 7-1 edge in corner kicks.

In the victory over the Zephyrs, Aristea Gougoustamos, Kocher and Marsteller tallied the goals for Parkland with Joanna Chou, Ervin and Aristea Gougoustamos contributing assists. The Trojans outshot Whitehall 27-6 overall, 11-3 on goal and had an 8-0 advantage in corners.

Aristea Gougoustamos recorded the lone goal in the win over Nazareth off an assist by Ervin. It was a back-and-forth game with both teams creating chances on goal. Parkland ended with 14 shots, while the Blue Eagles had eight, and also held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.

Parkland concluded the regular season with a home game against rival Emmaus this past Wednesday and will open up the EPC Tournament this weekend. A win would give the Trojans the fast track to the top seed.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Kennedy Perkins was one of five Parkland players to score a goal in a 6-0 win over Liberty.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Julia Hayward controls the ball during a recent win over East Stroudsburg South.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Joanna Chou had an assist in Parkland's recent win over Whitehall.