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Tribe Boys Soccer Showing Early Signs of Improvement
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2015-08-19

Tuesday morning Upper Perk boys soccer had their third full workout for the upcoming season. Practice and drills will continue as the team prepares for its first game at Palisades Sept. 4.

        Three days into preseason practice, the Upper Perkiomen boys soccer team has displayed increased discipline and an improved tactical understanding.

        "It's going to bode well for the season," head coach Kyle Fisher said. "The players have shown a commitment to the program. They have a clearer understanding of what I want them to run. Last year, I don't think we focused on that as much as we should have."

        The coach has also noticed that his players are in better shape than last season and have displayed a positive attitude.  "It's been a positive couple of days," said Fisher, who is beginning his second season leading the Indians.

        Elijah Soto, a senior midfielder, has noticed a similar improvement.  "Everyone is trying real hard and encouraging each other," he said. "It seems like everyone is trying to improve."

        Upper Perkiomen opens its regular season on Friday, Sept. 4 with a non-league game at Palisades.  The PAC-10 schedule kicks off five days later with a home game against Pottstown.

        Soto expressed confidence that the team can improve on their one-win season in 2014. He says the team, which returns all but four contributors, is ready to become more competitive in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

        Fisher identified Soto, center back Michael Stewart, attacking midfielder Ryan Casolo and defensive midfielder Aaron Lesko as the team's top returning players.

        Dakota Jamison, a junior, will start in goal, according to the coach.

        Dribbling drills are being completed with gusto, according to Soto.  "Last year, there were a lot of sloppy touches," he said.

        According to Soto, the seeds for a solid summer camp and the team's potential improvement were sewn this summer. He said approximately 20 members attended informal practices three days a week.

        Soto added that players were encouraged to dribble the ball from five to 10 minutes at a time at home. 

        "Everyone really wanted to get better as soon as possible," the player said. "They were putting forth the effort, and it's starting to pay off right now. I'm very happy with the progress we've made."

        Fisher said the ninth grade class includes three or four players who could make an impact on the team this season.  "There are some freshmen on my radar," said Fisher, also listed as the Valley Soccer Club's 1st vice president and outdoor intramural coordinator.

        Overall, the coach reported an improvement in ball control. He said several players competed on summer league and indoor teams during the off-season.

        "The boys have been working toward this season since the end of last season," Fisher said. "From my perspective, it's all about experience. The key is having them play at a competitive level from the age of eight to 18."

        Soto, who made the transition from midfielder to defense last season, is feeling more comfortable at his new position. He said he's learning not to hesitate.

        "That's a mistake I made plenty of times last year," said Soto, who has learned about the position by studying specific players in professional leagues throughout the world on television.


 

 

 

 

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