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Trojans top Zephs in first round

The Parkland High School field hockey team ended the 2023 regular season on a sour note, falling in its final two games by one-goal margins in each contest.

The Trojans lost to rival Emmaus 1-0 last Tuesday night on the road and then dropped the regular season finale 3-2 against Easton at home the following Thursday night.

Parkland battled with state power Emmaus all game long until the very end. The teams went toe-to-toe and played playoff-level field hockey during the regular season as they went scoreless the first three quarters of action in a defensive battle.

The Green Hornets’ Autumn Held scored what proved to be the game winner in the fourth quarter on an assist by Sarah Schaeffer and the defense held firm to hold on and take the victory. Lexi Pritchard finished with 13 saves in cage for the Trojans.

In the regular season finale with Easton, Anna Sensinger and Elaina Fragassi each scored a goal to lead the Parkland offense. Fragassi also assisted on Sensinger’s goal.

The Trojans got back to their winning ways, and just when they needed to most, when the games mattered more in the postseason.

The third seeded Trojans got the better of sixth seeded Whitehall 4-1 this past Tuesday night in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal round at Parkland High School. With the four goals scored, Parkland had four different goal scorers, including Aurora Gery, Lila Temchatin, Sensinger and Fragassi. Lizzie Williams assisted on Temchatin’s goal, which opened the scoring in the game.

Parkland will now have a rematch with the Red Rovers in the EPC semifinals Thursday night. The winner will advance to the final on Saturday night, most likely to face Emmaus.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Anna Sensinger is one of two Trojans to score a goal in last week's season finale against Easton.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Aurora Gery takes a shot during last week's game against Emmaus.