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Upper Perkiomen Hockey off to Another Fast Start
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2017-09-13

            Four games into the season, Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team is averaging

more than nine goals a game. The defense has allowed just five goals. A tight-knit group of players have sparked the Indians to four straight victories to open the 2017 season.

            "We've got a smaller team in terms of numbers than most years," head coach Jamie Warren. "At first, I was concerned about a lack of depth. I always worry about the numbers. But these girls are really unified on and off the field."

            Fast starts are becoming routine for the Indians, who opened the 2016 season with eight consecutive victories, qualified for the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game and missed qualifying for the PIAA tournament by one game.  "This team wants to accomplish some big things," Warren said. 

            With a 14-1 victory over Pottsgrove on Tuesday, Upper Perkiomen improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The team has dominated its three early games against Frontier Division opponents.

            On Friday, Sept. 8, the Indians rolled to an 11-1 victory over visiting Upper Merion. Abriana Gatto finished with a game-high three goals. AiYi Young delivered two goals and two assists, while Hope Flack added two goals and an assist. Liz Fox contributed a goal and two assists. Goalkeepers Carly Eidle and Alyse Thompson each recorded one save.

            "We definitely have a more diverse offense than previous years," said Warren, whose team was scheduled to take on Pope John Paul II on Wednesday afternoon.

            Three days later, they rolled to an 8-0 halftime lead against Pottsgrove and breezed to victory. Young and Kaylie Siwy each finished with a game-high three goals. Fox, Gatto, Autumn Gahman and Colleen Creneti each posted two goals.  "Games like this give us the opportunity to work to perfect our game," Fox said.

            According to Fox, the team's dominant defensive performance in an 8-3 season-opening victory over Radnor caught her off guard. "We lost some key players at that end of the field, but we came out strong," the senior said.

            According to Martin, the team has relied on solid fundamentals. On offense, the goal is to be effective in the inside the opposing penalty circle.  "We're making a lot of quick passes," she said. "The goal is to create a powerful offense overall."

            In practice Upper Perkiomen's coaches have been stressing the fundamentals. According to Warren, the player's skills are good. However, she said they need to improve if the team expects to compete against the bigger schools in the conference.  "That's what we're working on," Fox said.

            The Indians open a pivotal five-game portion of their schedule against Liberty Division opponents, at home Friday against Perkiomen Valley.

            "We're preparing for this," the coach said.  "The girls are responding well. By next week, we'll have a better idea of how good this team is." 


 

 

 

 

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