Carrie Nyce battles for the ball against her Pottsgrove opponent in Monday's game at Upper Perk. Nyce scored one of the Indians' five goals.
Casey Umstead’s three first half goals led Upper Perkiomen to a 5-0 field hockey win over Pottsgrove on Monday.
Umstead, who now has 16 goals, also added two assists to help the Indians made short work of the winless Falcons in the game moved to Upper Perk due to poor field conditions at Pottsgrove.
Just over two minutes into the game, Umstead scooped up the rebound of a Sami Stalford shot, spun free of a defender, and deposited the ball into the net to give Upper Perk a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, the Tribe got the first of its 18 corners in the game, and Umstead scored her second goal with an assist from Sabrina Yoder. Another corner led to Umstead’s third goal with 13:36 left in the first half.
In the second half, Umstead assisted on goals by Carrie Nyce and Emily Rodenberger.
“Casey’s been consistent for us,” said Upper Perk coach Jamie Warren. “She’s an unselfish player. She can set up really, really nice plays. She just has a really gifted ability to finish. She really makes things look easy. We rely on that.”
Umstead keeps it simple on the field. “I feel like I have to play hard every game. I just try to get open shots and hope someone is there for the rebound.”
Upper Perk (6-2-1, 9-2-1) dominated the contest from start to finish and outshot the Falcons 30-7 making it a relatively easy day for goalkeeper Katey Lederer. The junior’s toughest save came off a penalty stroke taken by Gwen Davis near the end of the first half.
With a big game coming up against Phoenixville, Warren was able to rest a lot of her starters during the contest and work on the team’s cohesiveness.
“I’m trying to develop them and grow them. I want them versatile in their play as well as their positions. You play off your teammates, and you move around. I think we are getting better at that.”
Versatility continues to be one of the team’s themes as Warren finishes rebuilding the team after the departure of several talented seniors last year.
“We’ve got a lot of versatile players this season so we have a couple of ways to set up the field. I think it’s a good thing to have in case we lose a player or someone gets hurt,” said senior captain Shanna Law who, like Rodenberger, provides a veteran presence
“They’ve been good leaders for the team,” Warren related. “Emily’s been great in a supportive role. She brings a lot of experience to the game as well as her speed. She’s doing the things that I want her to do.”
Another message Warren wanted to deliver to her team is that things will get tougher from here on out, even against teams like the Falcons.
“We’re stepping in to the second half of our season. The last time we played Pottsgrove, we pretty much were able to do what we wanted to do. This time they were a different team. They challenged us more defensively. So, we have to realize that everyone’s improved. Everybody is fighting for wins, and so we have to improve.”
Rodenberger was pleased with the Tribe’s approach to Pottsgrove. “We just really came out playing together. We worked on the stuff that we need to do for the big games.”