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Tribe Hockey Ends Four-Game Stretch With Loss at Perk Valley
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Sophomore Liz Fox hits the ball away from a Pope John Paul II defender within yards of the goal in Friday's home game.

        Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team ended a stretch of four games in four consecutive weekdays Monday with a 3-2 loss to Perkiomen Valley.

        A much needed day of practice loomed Tuesday for the Indians, according to head coach Jamie Warren.

        "We've got a lot of work to do," Warren said. "We haven't practiced in a while, and it showed. The girls need to be reminded of what they need to do on the field."

        The coach said she was not pleased with the team's overall performance in its road loss to the Vikings or a 2-1 overtime defeat to Phoenixville on Sept. 17.

        The Indians (3-2 PAC-10, 3-4 overall) split the four games with victories over Pottsgrove and Pope John Paul II in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

        "It wasn't a very good stretch," said Warren, whose team took on Spring-Ford on Wednesday and will see action against Methacton on Friday.

        On Monday, the host Vikings generated 28 penalty corners. The Tribe stopped all but one, which Gabby Martina converted with 6:42 remaining to snap a 2-2 tie.

        "The defense couldn't have played much better," Warren said.

According to the coach, Upper Perkiomen must develop a more consistent offensive approach. Kaylie Siwy said the team must improve its passing game.

        Siwy scored both goals for the Indians, posting her second multi-goal game of the season. The sophomore opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game.

        "We managed the one early goal," Warren said. "Then we couldn't finish any other play for a long time."

        Perkiomen Valley, the defending PAC-10 champions, dominated play.  The team registered 22 shot against Indians goalkeeper Erika Boyer, forcing her to make nine saves.

        Siwy forced a 2-2 tie with another tally with 8:59 left in the second.

        "We never stopped playing," she said. "We stayed focus and stayed determined."

        However, the Vikings responded quickly to post the go-ahead goal. A shot by Mara Wrzesniewski hit the left crossbar with 7:15 left in the second half. Martina scored the game-winning goal 33 seconds later off a pass from Laura Shelton.

        "I thought we came back strong despite the one-goal deficit," Siwy said. "But Perkiomen Valley came back stronger."

        Midway through the first half, the Vikings scored twice in 39 seconds to go ahead 2-1. Shelton converted her own rebound with 14:42 remaining in the half. Bryn Marvcavage quickly followed with a goal.

        On Sept. 16, the Tribe dominated Pottsgrove in a 9-0 victory. Liz Fox scored a game-high five goals.

        Kathryn Lehman posted two goals and an assist for the Indians, who led 4-0 at halftime. Hope Flack and Julia Duemler also scored.

        Abriana Gatto contributed three assists and Stacey May added two assists for Upper Perkiomen, which held a 30-0 shot advantage.

        On Thursday, the Indians fell 2-1 to Phoenixville in overtime. Boyer stopped 14 shots for her team, which forced a 1-1 tie early in the second half.

        On Friday, the Indians scored three goals in the second half to defeat Pope John Paul II 6-3. Liz Fox finished with two goals and two assists, while Michaela Swenk added a goal and an assists.

        Julia Rogers, Hope Flack and Abriana Gatto also scored for Upper Perkiomen, which led 3-2 at halftime. Julia Duemler added two assists while Boyer recorded five saves.






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