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Indians Hockey Loses In PAC-10 Playoffs, Awaits District Playoff Seeding
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Last Thursday Upper Perk played their final regular season game at Pope John Paul II, coming away with a 3-1 win. Above, Julia Duemler attempts a shot on goal only to be blocked.

        Julia Duemler had a few good reasons to feel good about Upper Perkiomen's chances in Tuesday's Pioneer Athletic Conference field hockey playoffs against Owen J. Roberts.

        First, the Indians came into the PAC-10's Final Four playoffs on a four-game winning streak. Also, they played the Wildcats tough in a regular season loss last month.

        "We have been playing very well lately," said Duemler, a senior. "We've developed some confidence. I really thought we had a chance, but we just couldn't finalize it."

        However in the rematch, Owen J. Roberts rolled to a 4-0 victory in the conference's semifinal playoff game.

        Keely White scored twice for the Liberty Division champion Wildcats. Makena Aberly finished with one goal and two assists, while Bridget Guinan added a goal and an assist.

        Owen J. Roberts limited the host Indians, appearing in the conference playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, to just three shots on goal.

        Erika Boyer recorded six saves for Upper Perkiomen (8-11 overall), the No. 2 seed from the Frontier Division.

        "This is very disappointing," Duemler said.

        The Wildcats' eight seniors utilized their experience to control the game, according to Upper Perkiomen head coach Jamie Warren.

        "I would like our team to model Owen J. Roberts in a couple years," she said.

        Warren said her team struggled with the Wildcats' speed and their teamwork on offense.

        "Their offense was a real challenge to our defense," the coach said. "We had trouble with their speed."

        White opened the scoring less than nine minutes into the game, converting on a pass from Aberly. Less than three minutes later, the duo hooked up on an identical play. Both times Aberly dribbled into the penalty circle from the left wing and completed a pass to White.

        According to Duemler, the Indians were "taken aback" after allowing the second goal with 18:39 remaining in the first half.

        "After the first goal we rearranged our formation, keeping one defender back," she said. "Owen J. Roberts is a fast team with very stick skills."

        According to Warren, Upper Perkiomen's players provided the requisite effort required in a championship game.

        "At this point, you've got to think you have a chance to win regardless of the opposition," the coach said. "The girls thought they had a chance to win the game."

        Five days earlier, the Indians ended their PAC-10 schedule over .500 – at 7-6 – with a 3-1 road win at Pope John Paul II.

        Hope Flack finished with a goal and an assist. Liz Fox and Abriana Gatto also scored for Upper Perkiomen, which scored twice in the second half to secure the victory.

        "I'm glad we got this far," Duemler said following the PAC-10 playoff loss.

        Only the goal of returning to the District One Class AA playoffs remains for the Indians.

        According to Warren, the seedings will be announced Thursday. She said the top 12 teams will qualify, and that the Indians are ranked 11th in the district's power ratings.

        "I'm hoping to get in," Warren said. "I'd be very disappointed if we don't make it. I believe are one of the top eight teams in the district." 






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