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Tribe Hockey Looking for Wins to Get to Post-Season Play
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2014-10-01

Upper Perk's Brielle Bolwell has her shot knocked down by the Christopher Dock goalie during action Monday afternoon's non-league game at Upper Perk.

        With four games remaining on its schedule, the Upper Perkiomen field hockey team needs to work out its offensive issues, according to head coach Jamie Warren.  Sam Dingler, a senior midfielder for the Indians, said the team usually struggles within 25 yards of the opposing goalkeeper.

        On Monday, playing without injured forward Aubrey Wilcox, the team dropped a non-league game to visiting Christopher Dock. Jill Bolton scored three goals for the Pioneers in a 5-1 victory.

        Without Wilcox, the team's leading scorer who missed the game with an ankle injury, Upper Perkiomen's offense lacked consistency, according to Warren.  "We had several offensive opportunities," Dingler said. "But we couldn't finish."

        Kourtne Buck scored the only goal for the Indians (4-4-1 league, 5-8-1 overall). Hannah Mack registered nine saves.

        Dingler described Christopher Dock as a quality opponent the Indians might face in the District One Class AA playoffs.

        With four games remaining in its regular season, Warren said she isn't sure if Upper Perkiomen, will get the chance to defend its district title.

        Missing the tournament would be a big blow for the Indians, according to Dingler. She said the senior class, which has played in three straight championship games, would be especially disappointed if they fall short.

        Warren said she isn't sure if her team will have enough wins to make districts. The tournament seedings will be based on a power rating - which has not been released - determined by the number of victories, according to the coach.  "I don't know if five wins will be enough," Warren said.  Dingler figures that three wins in Upper Perkiomen's final four games would be good enough get into the tournament.

        She said a win Wednesday over Pottstown would clinch a berth in the Pioneer Athletic Conference's Final Four playoffs for the Indians, who hold second place in the conference's Frontier Division.

        According to Dingler, expressed hope that Wilcox will be able to compete in Friday's game against Phoenixville, which leads the division.  "I'd like to win all four of them," the coach said.

        Upper Perkiomen went 1-1-1 in its three previous games. On Sept. 25, the team played Boyertown to a 1-1 tie.  Wilcox accounted for her team's only goal, off an assist from Dingler, against the Bears. Mack stopped nine shots and Michaela Swenk registered a defensive save.

        On Saturday, the Indians split two games at the Play4theCure Tournament at Oley Valley High School, an event to raise money for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

        Upper Perkiomen lost 3-0 to the host Lynx. Mack stopped 14 shots, while Karlee Fretz, Julia Duemler and Dingler each registered a defensive save.

        In a 3-0 win over Lehighton, Liz Fox, Buck and Esther Mack scored. Mack recorded eight saves.

        "Those three goals are the most we've scored in while," Warren said.

 


 

 

 

 

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