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Tribe Sharpen Skills against Non-league Opponents
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-09-08

            Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team opens its Pioneer Athletic Conference season this week after facing two formidable opponents. The players are already battle tested, according to head coach Jamie Warren.  "Iron sharpens iron," she said. "We want to get better."

Upper Pewrk goalie Lynnsi Joyce defends a shot on a corner play in Friday's non-

league game against Radnor.

 

            The Indians sharpened their skills during a pair of recent non-league contests against highly talented opponents. On Friday, Sept. 3, they battled Radnor to a 1-1 tie at Bill Keeny Stadium. On Tuesday they lost, 2-1, in overtime on the road against Oley Valley.

            One day later, the Tribe (0-1-1) was scheduled to open its Pioneer Athletic Conference competition on the road against Pope John Paul II. According to Warren, no remaining opponents will be more challenging than Radnor or Oley.

            On Friday, goalkeeper Lynnsi Joyce helped salvage the team's season opening tie against the visiting Raiders. The four-year starter finished with 19 saves, including 11 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"We're probably going to see them again," Warren said in reference to a probable rematch with Radnor in the District One Class 2A playoffs.

            The Raiders, who compete in the Central League, missed the district playoffs in 2020. They earned the top seed in the tournament the previous year but were eliminated in the second round by Villa Maria.

            In the Tribe's season opener, Joyce rose to the occasion after regulation, recording four saves. Her aggressive style negated two 1-on-1 breakaway opportunities by Radnor's Hope Delaney.

            Two of Joyce's saves came with less than two minutes left on a 3-on-1 attack. Her save with 15 seconds left preserved the tie.  "I have a lot of confidence in Lynnsi," Warren said of Joyce, who finished with 19 saves. "She's an aggressive goalie. When she wants to get the ball, she is very effective."

            Warren lauded the play of Upper Perkiomen's entire back line. Regan Fiorito's performance caught the eye of Radnor's coaching staff.

            Ford, a junior who made her first varsity start and played during the 15-minute overtime period, recorded a defensive save on a penalty corner. She played with discipline and consistency, according to the coach.

            Jade Traynor, a freshman, started at forward for the Indians. Warren expressed pleasure with the quality of play from a handful of newcomers.  "They are all competing for playing time," the coach said. "It's what you want to see."

            Jessica Traynor's goal less than five minute into the first quarter opened the scoring for the Indians. Delaney scored early in the third quarter for Radnor.

            The Tribe failed to convert on any of its 13 penalty corners. Takoda Wells, Abby Rodenberger, Sarah Steinman and Jess Traynor lined up at key shooting positions.  "We've got work to do," said Warren, whose team earned only two corners in the overtime. "We need to get better at them. The intensity level has to increase on those."

            Oley Valley has developed into one of the top programs in the Berks County League. In 2020, the team went 12-0 during the regular season and earned the No. 1 seed in the District Three Class 1A playoffs.

            One year earlier, the Lynx went 24-2. Their only losses during the 2019 season came in the district title game and PIAA championship games.


 

 

 

 

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