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Indians Open Conference Schedule with Consecutive Wins
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team opened play in the Pioneer Athletic Conference with pair of lopsided victories. The team tallied 22 goals in recent wins

Upper Perk's Margo May works to keep the ball from 

Upper Merion's Angela Quillen during the Sept. 7th 

game at Upper Perk.

over Pope John Paul II and Upper Merion.

            Abriana Gatto registered three goals in each of the victories, 12-0 over the Panthers on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and a 10-0 over the Vikings on Friday, Sept. 7.

            According to Gatto, the offensive outburst was facilitated by Sept. 4. Head coach Jamie Warren said she didn't know what the consecutive victories might portend this season for the Indians (2-0 PAC, 2-1 overall). However, Warren enjoyed the results.

            Against Pope John Paul II, seven players filled up the score sheet. Margo May posted a game-high four goals. Gatto, a senior, delivered three goals and three assists for Upper Perkiomen, which led 6-0 at halftime. Kylene Gooch contributed two goals, while Morgan Fiorito, AiYi Young and Takoda Wells each notched a goal and an assist. Colleen Crenti added a two assists.

            Three days later, the Indians rolled over Upper Merion. Gatto and Fiorito each scored three goals. Micheala Greczek posted two goals and an assist to put them ahead 6-0 at halftime. AiYi Young registered one goal and one assist. Jenna Fiorito also scored.

            With only five returning players, the coach is seeing the team's confidence improve and its chemistry improve. Warren said Fiorito, one of two seniors, is becoming more of a verbal leader on the field.

            "We're doing what we need to do in the offensive circle," Warren said after the victory over Upper Merion. "I was very happy to get so much quality play in both games."

According to Gatto, the position shifts have allowed the Indians to be more productive. She said movement off the ball has improved. The coach said significant spacing improvements has led to more offensive opportunities. 

            Gatto, who was shifted from forward to center midfield, has improved shot at the top of the circle since the end of last season, according to Warren.

            "Abriana has always been a scorer," said the coach, whose team resumes its schedule Friday at Pottsgrove then hosts non-league opponent Oley Valley on Saturday. "She worked very hard since last year. I like what I see from her. She's very coachable."

            Carly Eidle and Lynnsi Joyce continue to share playing time in Upper Perkiomen's goal cage. 

            Against Pope John Paul II, Eidle, a junior, stopped all three shots she faced. Joyce, a freshman, turned away two shots. Three days later, they combined for just one save. Warren said the goalkeepers will continue to share time moving forward.

            "It's just like any other position," she said.

            Eidle has the benefit of two years of experience, while Joyce relies on an aggressive approach, according to Warren.

            "Lynnsi is still learning to read some tough angles," the coach said.

            The rivalry between the two goalkeepers is friendly, according to Gatto. She said Eidle and Joyce support each other in practice and cheer for each other.





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