October 25, 2019
By: Erica Rose
Thursday night was one for the books as several District XI teams saw their season come to an end much sooner then anticipated. That’s right, playoffs are underway and boy were there some BIG upsets. The biggest of the night had to be in girl’s soccer with No. 8 Nazareth knocking off four-time defending champ Parkland, who was 20-0-1 coming into the game. I honestly have to say I am not shocked. I watched the first matchup in the regular season and the Blue Eagles had a chance despite the final score. They were the better team for a good portion of that one. Keep in mind this was also a rematch of last years EPC championship when the Trojans won 1-0 in double OT. Nazareth WANTED revenge, and they got it! Another upset saw #7 Freedom take down #2 Emmaus. On the boys side it was #6 Whitehall who took down #3 Liberty in OT for their first EVER playoff win!
Moving inside (which is where I was) #5 Parkland met up with #4 Freedom in volleyball. According to the seedings I guess you could call this an upset as well, but these were two evenly matched teams that put on a good show! Despite winning the EPC championship the Trojans are a young squad and this was the first time for many of them playing in this type of environment. They came out hot though, taking the first two sets, but with a few changes and a near perfect defense the Patriots came back to win the third set and keep their season going (at least a little bit longer). They had an opportunity to push the match to 5 sets as well. There were 8 ties in the 4th set, with the final at 15 and that is when the Trojans used a 10-3 run to end the night.
Their inexperience showed when Freedom began to respond, the Trojans became tentative and a bit frazzled, but everyone knows that head coach Mike Krause is a great coach, and with a few changes he had his team back in it. Brynn Dreisbach led the way for the Trojans with an impressive 19 kills, 2 aces and 18 digs.
Next up, is top seeded Liberty on Thursday in the semis. The two played once this season and the Trojans came away with the 3-2 victory. That was also without Amber Resendez, with her back in the lineup I say they win in 4.