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Moyer Scores Twice in Indians' Loss to Brandywine Heights
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Upper Perk's Eli Soto takes the ball down the field as he tries to get in scoring position in Monday's non-league home game against Brandywine Heights.

        Though the losses continue to mount for the Upper Perkiomen boys soccer team, Ethan Moyer remains positive.

        "I always look forward to the next game," said Moyer, a senior. "The losses are frustrating, but I try to play hard every time out. The team continues to play together."

        On Monday, the Indians fell to 0-10 overall following a 5-2 non-league loss to Brandywine Heights.

        Moyer, who accounted for both of Upper Perkiomen's goals, says he is not as affected by the losses as some of his teammates.

        "The losses hurt, but I love to the play the game," said Moyer, who posted his first multiple-goal game of the season.

        He opened the scoring midway through the first half. However, Brandywine Heights responded with five consecutive goals to take control.

        Michael Unis finished with two goals and two assists for the Bullets, who compete in the Berks County League.

        Jacob Knauss headed home the tying goal for Brandywine Heights with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Ezra Kleinsmith scored on a penalty corner in the final minute of the first half.

        Unis' second goal midway through the second half, on a direct kick, put the team ahead 5-1.

        The visiting Bullets, who held a 15-5 shot advantage, forced Upper Perkiomen goalkeeper Dakota Jamison to make 10 saves. Devin Howe added an assist.

        "Aside from a few poor touches, I thought we played a relatively even game," Indians head coach Kyle Fisher said. "We were very competitive. We mounted more offensive attacks then we have the last couple games."

        According to Moyer, stupid mistakes and questionable calls have cost Upper Perkiomen at least two victories.

        In seven games in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, the Indians have been outscored 28-2. Their closest game came in a 2-1 loss to Pope John Paul II on Sept. 17.

        Moyer said defensive breakdowns on set plays, like on Brandywine Height's second goal Monday on a penalty corner, have cost the team.

        "They crossed the ball to a dead spot in our defense, and we couldn't recover," said Moyer, who has scored three goals this season.

        According to Fisher, the Indians need to improve their dribbling skills. He called it the key to being able to maintain possession as well as a consistent offensive attack.

        "The effort from the players has been 100 percent all the time," said the coach, whose team was scheduled to face Boyertown on Wednesday and host Owen J. Roberts on Friday. "We're playing much better than we were at the beginning of the season. But some occasional lapses have hurt us."

        As the Indians' lone striker in their 4-2-3-1 alignment, Moyer has learned to contend with swarming defenders whenever he touches the ball, according to Fisher.

        "Ethan has a real physical presence and good speed," the coach said. "He has very power legs, which allows him to generate an incredibly powerful shot. He is tenacious whenever he goes after any 50/50 balls."






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