Upper Perk goalie Chris Mundy got quite a workout Monday as Quakertown came in and shut the Indians down, 10-0.
The misery continued for the Upper Perkiomen boys soccer team in a 10-0 loss to neighborhood rival Quakertown on Monday afternoon.
The inexperienced Indians were never in the game as the Panthers, a veteran team hoping to make waves in the Continental Conference of Suburban One, got goals from seven different players.
Senior striker Kyle Woulfe led the way for Quakertown with three goals in the first half as the visitors took a 5-0 lead into intermission.
Meanwhile, the Indians could only muster a couple of scoring thrusts against starting Quakertown goalkeeper Matt Oberholtzer.
Despite the lopsided score, Upper Perk’s athletic and aggressive senior netminder Chris Mundy made some scintillating acrobatic saves.
“It’s unfortunate that he has to take as many shots as he does and the type of shots we give up,” said third-year Head Coach Matt Nomland. “No matter who I put in the back, their habit is to ball watch, to leave people unmarked in the box. He’s a really good goalie. He could be All-PAC-10.”
In addition to heavy graduation losses, the Tribe has had to overcome injuries and defections. Three projected starters are no longer on the roster, and Nomland is forced to go with only three subs when the JV game is going on at the same time. Against Pottsgrove last week, there was only one sub available.
In five games so far this season, the Tribe (0-5) has scored only two goals, both by Steve Shelly in an 8-2 loss to Kutztown over the weekend.
So, what is a coach to do?
“We have a lot of guys that are inexperienced. We’re trying to teach them basic positioning, basic skills, keep trying to build on the basics,” Nomland said.
Mundy, for his part, is realistic about the situation.
“It’s definitely going to be a tough season, a rebuilding year for the team, but we’ll try to keep our heads up. I don’t know how much the results will change, but we got to keep playing hard and doing our best,” he said.
The netminder is certainly setting the proper example for his team. If anything, Mundy played harder as the game went on despite being left alone against a shooter for half of the goals.
In the 75th minute, with the score already at double digits, Mundy made back-to-back spectacular saves to deny the Panthers.
“You try to be a leader,” said Mundy who last played in goal five years ago. “I’m a senior on the team, try to keep your head up, set an example for the team and play the whole 80 minutes.
“You try not to think about what’s actually happening on the scoreboard. You can’t let yourself get down because it’s 10-nothing. You got to stay in the game, otherwise the rest of the team isn’t, and it just keeps getting worse.”
Meanwhile, Quakertown Coach Kevin Woulfe, whose team is 2-1-1, was looking forward to getting the league competition started.
“Our conference is extremely difficult, but we expect to be able to do very well. We have 16 seniors on our roster and some strong underclassmen,” he said.