September 09, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
The Parkland girls soccer team lost to Emmaus Wednesday night 2-1 which certainly was noteworthy. That brought to a close a stretch of winning by the Trojans which seems absurd: 70 straight victories over District XI opponents dating back to 2014. That happened in the District semifinals when Whitehall pulled off the upset 1-0 under then-Whitehall coach Dave Weitzman. Al Haddad is in his 13th year as head coach of the Trojans. In the last three seasons, he oversaw a program that went 16-0 in EPC play each fall. They came into this season with 4 straight EPC titles and three consecutive District championships. The streak survived a narrow 3-2 win over Emmaus and a 2-1 win over Easton in last year’s EPC semifinals and final, respectively .

  It’s no secret that Parkland-Emmaus is THE rivalry in both boys and girls soccer for the past 18 years or so. That the streak ended against the Green Hornets seems fitting and Haddad as usual was classy afterwards posting a Tweet congratulating Emmaus on what he called a “hard fought and well played” match. Sarah Oswald now in her 4th season as the Emmaus head coach finally beats Parkland and was understandably taken aback when realizing the magnitude of the win. Despite the 2015-2017 success, Parkland trails Emmaus in their all-time series 42-28-5.

  On the same night of the girls match, the Parkland boys, who were also 16-0 in the EPC last year, made it a split with a 1-0 win on their turf over Emmaus. A Justin Douglas goal with 17 seconds left gave the Trojans their 5th straight win over the Green Hornets. Parkland tied Central 1-1 in its’ season opener. Both Parkland teams have already been denied unbeaten and untied records in the first week of the 2018 season which may signal more suspense this fall in the EPC and post-season.