September 10, 2019
By: Erica Rose
The Parkland soccer team saw four different players get on the board last night. They saw two different keepers in the goal, and head coach Al Haddad made sure every one of his players got in the game when it counted. In fact, he started making substitutions when the team was trailing Nazareth 1-0. Having this much depth will certainly make Parkland a powerhouse again. They know, however, that every team will be coming for them, and last night was no different. On paper it looked like an easy win as the Trojans entered with a 3-0 record while the Blue Eagles sat at 1-2, but this was a rematch of last years EPC championship game and the Blue Eagles wanted revenge. After all, the Trojans won that game 1-0 in double OT for their 5th straight league title.
The action started right from the whistle in this one, 3 goals were scored in the first 10 minutes of play and the Blue Eagles even saw themselves leading 1-0. They couldn’t hang on to it very long though, as the Trojans came right down the field to tie the score before taking a 2-1 lead just over 3 minutes later. Ava Schaller had one of those goals. She now sits 25th all-time in scoring history at Parkland. From this point the scoring slowed down, but the offense still had some nice opportunities, and eventually it led to another Nazareth goal to make it 2-2. But again the Trojans would respond, this time with their second string in taking the 3-2 lead at the half. Only one goal would be scored in the second half and it would be by the Trojans to seal the deal late. This seemed inevitable as Parkland controlled most of the half, but the Blue Eagles never stopped fighting.
The Parkland team was not pleased with the way they started, but I have to give credit to Nazareth. They played really well and took it to the Trojans. In my opinion, a rematch of this game later in the season will be just as exciting. If the Blue Eagles can last an entire 80 minutes against Parkland then they have a chance to beat them.