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Upper Perkiomen Boys Soccer Contending for Playoffs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-09-27

            Michael Sitko smiled widely while discussing Upper Perkiomen's blowout victory Monday night. The team is contending for a spot in the District One

Upper Perkiomen's Kyle Shemeley attempts

to score on a header after a corner kick in Mon-

day night's game against Pottstown.

Class 3A soccer playoffs. Head coach Kyle Fisher describes a berth in the Pioneer Athletic Conference playoffs as within reach.

            "It's great," Sitko said.

            The senior striker scored a pair of first-half goals for the Indians, who posted a 9-0 victory over visiting Pottstown. Anthony Durrant added two goals. Jack Cupit, Adrian Alas, John Leone, Kyle Shemeley and Nicholas Mattson also scored, while Joseph McMichael contributed two assists.

            "It's so much more fun to be on the right side of a game like this for a change," Sitko said.

            Unlike recent seasons, Upper Perkiomen is no longer a doormat in the conference's Frontier Division. At 3-2, the team is just two points behind co-leaders Phoenxiville and Pottsgrove.

"The division wide open," Fisher said.

            With a 7-5 overall record, the Indians currently hold the No. 5 seed in the district rankings (7.106 points) between Upper Moreland (7.247) and Bishop Shanahan (7.036). The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs.

            "We can't say the program has turned the corner until we get the district playoffs," the coach said.

            According to Fisher, the increased success is the result of several years of developing players through the local youth program. He said a majority of the high school players have grown up playing on major club and competitive travel teams. According to Sitko, the underclassmen have added depth, talent and skill to the club.

            "We're finally starting to see that pay off a little bit," the coach said. "Most of these guys have perfected the basic ball handling skills."

            A solid sophomore class, which includes starters Cupitt, Michael Fisher and Cole Kendra, has provided Upper Perkiomen with solid depth. According to the coach, David Schwab and Matt Milkowich are the only ninth graders receiving significant playing time. Kyle Fisher also credited the leadership ability of a quartet of seniors that includes midfielders Ian Costanzo and Tyler Raymond, fullback Nicholas Mattson and Sitko.

            "Our fearsome foursome has done a great job," aid the coach, whose team is scheduled to take on Pope John Paul II on Wednesday and Owen J. Roberts on Friday.

            While they are scoring more than in previous seasons, Kyle Fisher described the Indians as relying on the solid defensive play of Cupitt, Michael Fisher and Mattson in front of junior goalkeeper Patrick Mchale.


 

 

 

 

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