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Indians Rely on Offensive Depth for Fast Start in Boys Soccer
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-09-15

            Five games into most seasons, three or four different players have posted goals, according to Kyle Fisher, head coach of Upper Perkiomen's boys soccer team. This

Matthew Fisher, left, kicks the ball away froma Potts-

town defender.

season, the total has tripled.

            "We've got a nice blend of offensive talent," he said. "We have a number of guys who can score. That's one of the reasons I feel like we're never out of any game."

            Nine players have found the back of the net so far for the Indians (2-1 PAC, 4-2), who had their four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday. Several have posted multiple goals and assists.

            "We've had our moments where we're getting some timely goals," Fisher said. "We've relied on a lot of different guys."

            Since a season-opening loss to Oley Valley, the Tribe reeled off four consecutive victories. On Friday, Sept. 10, the team rallied in the second half to post a 2-1 win over Norristown.

            Vincent Durrant delivered the game-winning goal, snapping a 1-1 halftime tie. Ethan Barr also scored. Logan Watkins and Jim Friedman each had one assist.

            Two day earlier, Evan Sands led Upper Perk to a 7-0 victory over Pottstown. Sands finished with three goals. Ethan Barr and Logan Watkins each posted a goal and an assist.

            David Schwab and Enoc Padilla also scored for the host Indians, who led 6-0 at halftime. Matthew Fisher, Jared Van Pelt and Mike Kuczkowski each registered one assist.  "We've had good setups from multiple guys and several different finishers," Coach Fisher said. "We can hit from a lot of different places."

            On Tuesday, Phoenixville snapped Upper Perkiomen's winning streak. Two second-half goals by Evan DesMarais lifted the host Phantoms to a 2-1 win in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. Mateo Schneidt scored the lone goal for the Tribe on a free kick in the second half.

            Despite the strong start, the Indians aren't content, according to Fisher. He said the players understand they haven't won anything.  "The guys know they have a lot to prove," Fisher said

            The team, led by seven seniors, is expected to compete hard and win the Frontier Division championship. According to the coach, it won't be afraid of any opponent.  "If we play good soccer with grit and determination, there's no telling where we'll end up," Fisher said.

            Schwab, Padilla and Matt Milkowich are serving as team captains. Schwab and Milkowich have been playing varsity since ninth grade. The coach described Padilla as a positive influence.

            Goalkeeper Matt Wannamaker and Anthony Durrant are returning varsity players. Nick Aron and Blake Schwenk are also expected to contribute.  "The seniors know how I want the team to play," Fisher said. "They are doing a good job maintaining that."

            Friedman, a junior forward, will be relied on for offense. The coach said he was not surprised by Friedman's three-goal performance in Upper Perkiomen's victory over Schuylkill Valley.  "Him putting the ball in the back of the net is never going to surprise me," Fisher said.

            Juniors Mateo Schneidt and Nick Durant, along with sophomores Logan Watkins and Benny Goodrich are expected to make significant contributions.

            Two ninth graders, Matt Fisher and Barr, are getting significant minutes. The coach lauded Goodrich's performance at fullback.  "Benny could probably play anywhere I ask and do it well," Kyle Fisher said.


 

 

 

 

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