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Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
October 16, 2019

           Ashlyn Gatto's opportunity goal and the stellar goaltending of Lynnsi Joyce highlighted Upper Perk field hockey's 1-0 win over Perkiomen Valley on Tuesday night in the Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinal playoffs.

Upper Perkiomen's Ashlyn Gatto looks to dribble past
a defender during Tuesday night's PAC playoff game
against Perkiomen Valley.

            The victory vaulted the Tribe (10-0 in the Frontier Division) into Thursday night's championship game against Owen J. Roberts, a 7-0 winner over Phoenixville in the other semifinal. Both games were played at Upper Perk.

            AiYi Young set up Gatto's tally with 11:32 left in the first half after Upper Perk's aggressive play in Perk Valley's circle led to a series of corners.  Young took one of those corner inserts from Kylene Gooch and launched a hard shot toward the goal.

             "She drove it and I tipped it in," Gatto described her score after the game.

            The Vikings (8-2 in the Liberty Division) controlled the first ten minutes of the game and Bella Carpenter was forced to make a stellar defensive save on a Kaci Shelton scoring attempt after the ball got behind Joyce.

            But after that Upper Perk flipped the field and dominated play for ...

Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
October 16, 2019

            Upper Perkiomen's girls soccer team exceeded its coach's expectations by qualifying for the Pioneer Athletic Conference playoffs. At the beginning of the season,

Kyra Lesko attempts to dribble around Boyertown's
Courtney Actis during Tuesday night's PAC playoff

Mike Freed said he would have considered that goal a little bit of the stretch.

            On Tuesday night, the Indians got a taste of post-season competition. Samantha Goffice finished with two goal and one assist to lead Boyertown to a 4-0 victory in a conference semifinal game at Owen J. Roberts.

            Though the Tribe (13-6 overall) generated few scoring opportunities, senior goalkeeper Hannah Landis lauded the team's effort at Wildcat Stadium. She described the game as a valuable opportunity to prepare for the District One Class 3A tournament, which begins Oct. 23.

"We gave it our all," said Landis, a four-year starter who finished with 13 saves. "Boyertown is a really good team with some great players. But it sucks to lose."

            The Bears (18-1), the No. 2 ranked team in the District One Class 4A standings, opened the scoring just over six minutes into the first half. Kayley Mattis beat Landis off a pass from Goffice. Freed argued unsuccessfully that an offside call should have nullified the goal.

Boyertown added an own goal nine minutes later. A free kick by junior Mikayla Moyer deflected off the head of an Indians defender and into the net past Landis.

            "I guess it was just some miscommunication," Freed wrote in a text Tuesday night.

            Camilla Kuever, a German exchange student who is a member of her country's U16 women's national team, set up Boyertown's third goal with 8:49 remaining in the first half.    Kuever dribbled through traffic and fed a pass to Goffice on the left wing. Goffice capped the scoring midway through the second half to secure the team's 14th consecutive win.

            The absence of midfielders Bryanna Marinari and Katie Cairns helped stymie the Tribe's offense, according to Freed. He said their injuries also forced the team to alter their alignment to better protect the middle of the field.

            "It was a sacrifice we had to make," Freed said.

            The Indians ended the regular season on a roll, having ...



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