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Tribe Field Hockey Dominates Cardinals in District Playoffs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            With a flurry of goals during the second quarter Monday, Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team opened its postseason with a dominant 5-0 victory over Upper Dublin.

Upper Perkiomen's Colleen Creneti reaches up to

deflect the ball near the opposing goal during the

first round of the he District 1 playoffs Monday


            The team displayed the confidence and desire necessary to make a deep run in the District One Class 2A playoffs, according to head coach Jamie Warren.

            "We were challenged," she said. "Upper Dublin forced us to play at a high level, which we did."

            According to the coach, the No. 2 seeded Indians (10-1-2) will need to at least maintain the same level of intensity if they expect to return to the district title game. The two-time defending Pioneer Athletic Conference champions will host Gwynedd Mercy Academy or Phoenixville in the semifinal round at 4 p.m. Thursday at Keeny Stadium.

            "It was pleasing to me that the girls displayed that kind of intensity," Warren said of the quarterfinal round victory. "It means they want to be successful.

            Five separate players scored for the Tribe against the visiting Cardinals. Kylene Gooch finished with a goal and an assist. Luci Carpenter, Bella Carpenter, Margo May and Sydney Crossin also scored.

            After a scoreless first quarter, the offense came to life midway through the second quarter. Luci Carpenter's goal on a penalty corner, with 9:11 remaining in the quarter, opened the scoring. Less than a minute later, Bella Carpenter delivered an unassisted tally. Gooch's goal, with 1:54 left in the second, staked the Indians to a 3-0 halftime lead.

            "Balance is the key to a good offense," Warren said. "It doesn't matter who scores the goals."

            May and Crossin each scored in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. The defense limited Upper Dublin, seeded No. 7, to just six shots. Warren called it her team's best performance since the middle of the season.

            "I'm really happy with how they played," the coach said. "It was a good game to watch because of our passing and connecting."

            The penalty corner continues to be an effective offensive weapon for the Indians as it was when Luci Carpenter scored the first goal with a one-timer from the top of the circle off a pass from Gooch.

            According to Warren, Luci and Bella Carpenter have emerged as the team's top two scoring threats. She said the team, which has previously preferred calling for a shot after one pass, has utilized more multiple-pass plays inside the circle. Set plays, sometimes called by the coaches, include the ability for the players to improvise.

           "We have more options on corners, which is not a bad thing," the coach said.

            On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Tribe successfully defended its conference title for the first time since 2006 with a 2-1 victory over Owen J. Roberts. Sarah Steinman's goal in the third quarter snapped a 1-1 tie. Bella Carpenter registered an assist on the tally.

            Ashlynn Gatto's goal in the first quarter opened the scoring. Lynnsi Joyce registered 13 saves.

            "Winning the conference title means that the team showed a lot of confidence," Warren said. "The underclassmen have done an excellent job supporting the seniors."

            The coach said memories of a 5-4 double-overtime loss to the Monarch's two years ago in the district playoffs will motivate her. She wondered how many players who competed in the game, which saw the Indians rally from a 3-0 halftime deficit, will be similarly interested.






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