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UPHS Boys Soccer Defeats Upper Merion
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-09-14

            After delivering a lackluster performance in its Pioneer Athletic Conference

Upper Perkiomen goalkeeper Austin Farrington, center,

leaps to catch a shot against Upper Merion.

opener, Upper Perkiomen's boys soccer team found its footing against Upper Merion. The team reverted to form in a 4-0 victory over the Vikings last week after dropping a 3-1 decision to Phoenixville in its first division game.

            "An 0-2 start in the division would not have been good," head coach Kyle Fisher said.

            Against Upper Merion, Jimmy Friedman scored twice while Ethan Barr and Nick Durrant notched a goal apiece for the host Indians (1-2 PAC, 4-3 overall). Matt Fisher, Brae Jerrom and Mateo Schneidt each contributed an assist.

            Both of Friedman's goals came off his head on penalty corners. He opened the scoring midway through the first half on a pass from Matt Fisher. Less than three minutes into the second half, the Upper Perk forward struck again, redirecting a sharp pass from Jerrom into the Upper Merion net.

            Less than six minutes later, Barr converted a long one-timer from the deep left wing. His low shot crossed the goal line just inside the right goalpost. Durrant's tally, with 7:02 remaining, capped the scoring.

            With four goals and four assists, Friedman has emerged as one of Upper Perkiomen's main scoring threats. The unit has also received significant offensive balance from Logan Watkins, Barr, and Matt Fisher.

            During the contest, the Indians displayed an effective short game, and their ability to share the ball frustrated the Vikings, said Kyle Fisher.  "The guys are starting to understand that they are capable of playing a beautiful game of soccer, which is something to watch," he said.

            "We've had plenty of good chances," Friedman said. "We need to get better at converting. I always look for my shot, but if someone has a better chance to score, I'm going to get him the ball."

            Austin Farrington recorded six saves for the Tribe.

            Kyle Fisher lauded the performance of Farrington, a first-year, senior starter, and the four defenders in front of him for posting four shutouts this season. According to the coach, Nick and Vincent Durrant, along with Schneidt and junior Luke Gerstenberg, are growing into their new roles.  "Austin is doing a fantastic job," Kyle Fisher said. "It's hard to argue with the outcomes."

            Coach Fisher noted that the victory over Upper Merion – the defending Frontier Division champion – keeps all of his team's goals within reach.

            "In the grand scheme, all our goals are still right in front of us," Friedman agreed. "Everything is achievable."

            Two days earlier, the Tribe had dropped its PAC opener, 3-1, on the road against Phoenixville. Friedman, who scored his team's only goal, said something didn't feel right during pregame.

            According to Kyle Fisher, the team looked like 11 individuals on the field. "We just weren't as prepared as we should have been," said Friedman, who added that his team's convincing victory over Upper Merion proves it can compete with Phoenixville.

            In a cross-division game on Tuesday, the team rallied from a two-goal deficit before losing 3-2 to Owen J. Roberts on a late penalty kick. Evans Sands and Schneidt each scored in the second half to help Upper Perk rally. Sands and Matt Fisher each contributed an assist against the Liberty Division opponent.


 

 

 

 

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