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Indians Field Hockey Suffers Season-Ending Loss in Double Overtime
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Correspondent
2014-10-29

Indians' goalie Hannah Mack blocks a shot on goal by a New Hope player in Friday's District One Class AA playoff game held at Palisades High School. Mack had 24 saves in the game.

                The implementation of a fourth forward helped spark Upper Perkiomen's first goal Friday afternoon, according to head coach Jamie Warren.  The tally gave the Indians the confidence to rally from a three-goal deficit, according to senior Mara Fulmer. "After the first goal, we knew we were back in it," she said.

                Midway through the second half of its District One Class AA playoff game against New Hope –Solebury, and struggling to generate any offense, Upper Perkiomen got consecutive goals from Liz Fox, Kourtne Buck and Sam Dingler to force overtime.

                Hannah Mack and the Indians held off New Hope –Solebury during one 15-minute overtime period. But they couldn't prevent the goal that ended their season in the second OT period.

                Brianna McGarry scored with 5:49 remaining in the second overtime to lift the Lions to a 4-3 victory at Palisades High School in Kintnersville. 

                "I'm proud of the way our team played," Warren said after the season-ending loss. "The hard work we put in preparing for the season showed in the overtime."

                Dingler's goal with 3:11 left in second half forged a 3-3 tie for Upper Perkiomen. However, the team had to hold off a flurry of penalty corners by New Hope–Solebury in the final 75 seconds of regulation.

                The Indians stopped two corners with no time left on the clock. On the first, Mack stopped two shots, and Dingler preserved the tie with a defensive save.

                In the first overtime, the Lions continued to dominate play. They held a 4-0 shot advantage, and forced Mack to make three saves.   "I liked our chances in overtime," said Warren, adding that her team took a move defensive posture after regulation.

                In the second overtime, New Hope–Solebury continued to dominate. The team held a 5-1 shot advantage, forcing penalty corners in three consecutive minutes.  Dingler extended the game with another defensive save six minutes into the extra period. 

                "You work so hard that you don't want the game to end," said Dingler, a senior who finished with a career-high five defensive saves in the game. "I thought we played a really good game. Everybody fought so much."

                Mack, who recorded half of her 14 saves after regulation, couldn't stop the game-winning goal by McGarry.

                According to Warren, the opposing forward was never challenged as she dribbled the ball into the penalty circle.  "The goal was not Hannah's fault," the coach. "One of our defenders should have stopped (McGarry). No one stepped up."

                Dingler said the highlight of her Upper Perkiomen field hockey career was winning the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District One championships in 2013 with her classmates Mack, Fulmer, Brielle Bolwell and Aubrey Wilcox, who left Friday's game late in the first half with a right ankle injury.  "To accomplish what I did last year with all my friends was a whole lot of fun," Dingler said.


 

 

 

 

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