November 10, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Parkland girls soccer team saw their season come to an end last night in the first round of the PIAA state tournament. It was a cold, rainy, and miserable night but that can’t be an excuse for the outcome. The Trojans just could not capitalize on scoring opportunities, despite dominating possession the entire game. The number 1 ranked team in the state found themselves trailing 7 minutes into the matchup against Neshaminy, the number 3 seed out of District 1, off of a corner. It was a mistake that the Lady Redskins took advantage of. And with 3.4 seconds left in the half another costly mistake put the Trojans in a 2-0 hole. A position the team is certainly not used to being in, outside of states. In fact the team has won 69 straight games in District XI.
The second half was not any better for the Trojans, who played extremely well and controlled probably 80% of it. They were able to cut the lead in half 10 minutes in off of a corner. Brooke Schutter was the one to finish, taking advantage of the backup keeper. But one is all the Lady Redskins would allow.
Coming in the Trojans knew they would be facing a team who was just as good, if not better than them, but the loss still stings. The difference of the night was that the Lady Redskins capitalized on their two opportunities and the Trojans could not, so in that sense according to Head Coach Al Haddad they were the better team. This is the third year in a row the Trojans have fallen in the first or second round of states.