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Traynor Sisters Spark UP Hockey’s Winning Streak
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-10-13

            The regular season schedule has reached the home stretch with Upper Perkiomen's field hockey team riding a 13-game winning streak. Head coach Jamie Warren described the team as very unified.

Julia Traynor battles to get a shot on goal in Tusday night's

game agains Pottsgrove.  Traynor had one assist in the 8-0 win.

            A trio of sisters has helped position the Indians to win their third consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference title. Jess Traynor, a junior midfielder, has found her groove as a team leader. Jayde and Julia Traynor, a pair of ninth-grade identical twins, have also emerged as significant offensive contributors.  "All three are very vocal," Warren said. "They work very well together. They push each other."

            Their offensive acumen has helped spark the Tribe's undefeated run through the conference. The team, which leads the Frontier Division, travels to Upper Merion (Wednesday) and Twin Valley (Friday) before competing in the PAC Final Four at home on Oct. 19.

            Two years ago, Jayde and Julia Traynor watched their older sister win a conference title during the PAC playoffs at Keeny Stadium. Now, all three sisters have a chance to repeat that feat.

            Jess Traynor said the trio is also determined to help the Indians (12-0 PAC, 14-1-1 overall) win the District One Class 2A title and make a deep run in the PIAA tournament. They are currently ranked No. 3 in the district standings.  "We are all very motivated," she said.

            On the field, Jayde, a forward, and Julia, a midfielder, are distinguishable by their positions, their stick colors – orange and blue, respectively – and their gait. Both are very fast runners, according to Jess. She said off the field, less than half of her teammates can tell the twins apart.

            According to Jess Traynor, her sisters' aggressiveness has rubbed off on the rest of the team. She expressed surprise at the twins' early success.  "I know they can get the job done," Jess Traynor said. "It makes me proud."

            Jess Traynor says she is feeling comfortable in her position at center midfield, a crucial position connecting the offense and defense. That contentment has allowed her to become more aggressive on offense.  "I think I'm having a very good year," she said. "I'm liking the position."

            All three sisters almost always end up in Upper Perkiomen's scoring summaries. Warren said Jayde and Julia have played up to her expectations, so far. According to Jess Traynor, both of her sisters play without fear.

            "Jayde and Julia are not scared," said Jess Traynor, who played one season with her sisters on the X-Calibur club team. "They're very aggressive. They take the ball from defenders, and they are always in the circle trying to take a shot or tip a pass."

            The Indians dominated their most recent victory, 8-0, over Pottsgrove on Tuesday. Jess Traynor delivered a game-high three goals and added an assist.

            Sarah Steinman posted a goal and an assist for the team, which led 3-0 at halftime. Jayde Traynor, Takoda Wells, Luci Carpenter and Ashlyn Gatto also scored. Julia Traynor added an assist.

            On, Oct. 8, Jayde Traynor delivered the game-winning goal in the second half of a 2-1 road win over Perkiomen Valley on Friday, Oct. 8. Carpenter opened the scoring.

            Sarah Steinman finished with an assist and a defensive save. Jess Traynor posted an assist for the visiting Indians who held a 2-0 lead after halftime. Lynnsi Joyce stopped five of the six shots she faced.

            Jess Traynor called it the Tribe's most significant victory of the season. She described the Vikings as its most challenging opponent of the season.  "It gives everyone confidence heading into the conference playoffs," the junior said.

            Two days earlier, in a 10-0 win over Phoenixville, Jess and Julia Traynor each scored twice. Jess Traynor added an assist. Jayde Traynor and Takoda Wells each added a goal and two assists for the Tribe, which led 6-0 at halftime.

            Luci Carpenter had a goal and an assist for the team, which registered 41 shots on goal and earned 12 penalty corners. Abby Rodenberger and Audrey Nagata also scored. Joyce turned away all eight shots she faced.


 

 

 

 

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