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Tribe Hockey One Win from State Tournament
2016-11-02

Upper Perk's Kaylie Siwy battles for a rebound against the Kennett goalie in the opening round of the District 1 Class AA playoffs Wednesday, Oct. 26.

                Even after posting three victories in the District 1 Class AA field hockey playoffs, Upper Perkiomen hasn't reached its goal of qualifying for the state playoffs.

                The No. 5 seeded Indians – who opened the playoffs with a convincing victory over Kennett on Oct. 26 – were bounced into the elimination round following a 2-1 loss to Merion Mercy.

                They responded with a 5-3 home victory in penalty strokes against Radnor on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Still, Upper Perkiomen needs to post a road victory over West Chester Henderson at 3:30 p.m. on Friday to earn the district's fifth and final seed in the PIAA Class AA playoffs.

                "Getting there would be a real good accomplishment," head coach Jamie Warren said following her team's 3-0 victory over Kennett. "I think it's feasible. We are one of the top five teams in the district.    We've got to consistently play like that."

                The Indians responded from a 2-1 loss to Owen J. Roberts in the Pioneer Athletic Conference title game with a 3-0 victory over the Blue Demons.

                Hope Flack scored twice and Kathryn Lehman scored once for the Indians, who dominated the first half to secure their first home district playoff win in three seasons. They registered 28 shots on goal during the initial 30 minutes and finished with 33 overall.

                Upper Perkiomen registered 18 penalty corners in the victory. Liz Pierson made two saves.

Sophomore forward Abriana Gatto set up Flack's first goal, less than six minutes into the game to open the scoring. Lehman scored on a penalty corner with 10:36 remaining in the first half to put the team ahead 2-0 at halftime.

                "Everyone played much better," Warren said. "The girls seemed more relaxed. We moved the ball very well."

                An attitude change helped lead to the victory, according to Flack. She credited the captains for making sure the team was ready for its district opener.

                "We wanted to win, to make sure we were going to win so we can get to states," she said.          "Everyone decided to step up. It seemed like all of our passes connected."

                In the quarterfinal round on Friday, Oct. 28, Kelsey Farkas' goal with 10 minutes remaining in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and propel Merion Mercy, the tournament's No. 4 seed, to the semifinals and secure a spot in the state tournament.

                Gatto's goal, off an assist by AiYi Young with 1:38 remaining in the first half, forced a 1-1 halftime tie for the Indians. Pierson finished with six saves. Warren called the game fast paced.

                Undeterred, the Indians rallied in the elimination round against Radnor. Flack's goal with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left in the second half, off an assist from Kaylie Siwy, rallied them from a 2-2 deficit. Young's goal opened the scoring with 12 minutes left in the first half.

                After neither team scored during two overtime periods, Lehman, Liz Fox and Gatto converted their penalty stroke opportunities for Upper Perkiomen. Gatto's tally clinched the win.

                Liz Pierson registered seven saves, including three on penalty strokes, for the Indians.


 

 

 

 

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