Upper Perkiomen’s field hockey team didn’t have to look very far to find the silver lining after Saturday’s District 1-AA title game loss to Villa Maria.
Yes, the Indians did eventually fall 4-2 to the Hurricanes in a game played Saturday afternoon at Wissahickon High School. And yes, Villa Maria did rack up their fifth straight district title in the process. But to its credit, the Indians also showed their resilience and ability to battle back. Down 4-0 late in the second half, Anna Duemler got the Tribe on the board off an assist from Casey Umstead with 9:38 left.
Less than three minutes later, Upper Perk captain Carrie Nyce scored on a corner, assisted by Umstead. Indian goalie Katey Lederer turned away eight shots from Villa Maria, who also got past the Indians last year in the district title game.
Perhaps the biggest consolation for head coach Jamie Warren and the Indians is that there is still something left to play for, as Upper Perk opened up PIAA tournament play Tuesday. The No. 1 seed the Hurricanes earned along with the district title would have been nice, as Villa Maria opened the state tourney against Manheim Central, the sixth seed from District 3.
Upper Perk’s journey will be a bit more arduous, as the Tribe matched up against District 11 champ Southern Lehigh, who came into the game with a gaudy 21-0-1 record. Upper Perk, meanwhile, is 14-8-1. Umstead, fourth in the Pioneer Athletic Conference in scoring, headed into states with 24 goals and 11 assists. Emily Rodenberger, 11th in the league in scoring, has scored 15 times, with six assists, as Nyce has five goals to go along with six helpers. Other players expected to factor into the postseason include Sabrina Yoder, Sami Stalford, Duemler and Maddie Fox.