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Siblings Share Soccer Accomplishment
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Soccer helped create a bond between Sarah and Matthew Fisher. According to Sarah, they have grown even closer since their older brother enrolled in college.

            Last month, they shared a significant accomplishment. Both Upper Perkiomen

Sarah and Matthew Fisher

students were recognized as all-state performers during the 2023 season at the Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association banquet in Harrisburg on Saturday, Jan. 27.

            The Upper Hanover residents are believed to be the first siblings to receive the award during the same year in the 52-year history of the association. Matthew became the school's third player in three seasons to earn the honor. Sarah received the designation for the second time in three seasons.

            "It's very exciting," said father Kyle Fisher, head coach of the Tribe's boys team. "The kids have worked really hard. It's nice to see them get recognized."

            Matthew, a midfielder, impressed opposing coaches with scoring and distribution abilities. The junior, who accumulated 16 goals and a team-high 18 assists, helped lead the Indians to a second straight appearance in the Pioneer Athletic Conference playoffs and a home game in the District One Class 3A tournament.

           "When I heard Matt made it, I was beyond ecstatic for him," Sarah said. "The fact that we were able to do it the same year is incredible. It's very special to me."

            Sarah ended her time with the Tribe as the top offensive performer in program history. The speedy forward earned similar honors as a sophomore. In between, as a junior, she helped lead her team to the PIAA Class 3A title game.

            "Not too bad of a career," said Sarah, who thanked her teammates, coaches and family for facilitating her success.

            Kyle Fisher described their relationship as close to being best friends. He said Matthew and Sarah play video games and socialize together.

"All three of our kids are very tight," Kyle said.

            Kyle Fisher claims a small role in their development as players. He said he believes their success sprung mostly from a love of the sport they developed at an early age.

            "We never expected them to become the players they are," Kyle Fisher said. "I guess they all figured the game was fun."

            When Kyle and Dusti Fisher moved into their current residence on Creekview Drive with three small children midway through 2007, the goal was to keep them active. According to Kyle, Michael – the oldest – and Matthew – the youngest – played soccer and T-ball. Sarah participated in Girl Scouts and soccer.

             All three developed their soccer skills in the backyard. For approximately 10 years, boys and girls from the neighborhood played three-on-three on a makeshift field. Sometimes they played without goal cages. Other times, they set up cones and did drills.

            "In the summers, the kids were out there all day," said Kyle, who played soccer and baseball at Emmaus High School and baseball at Alvernia College in 1990-91. "They were very tan. They spent very little time inside."

            Kyle Fisher estimates that eight players from his community eventually played for the Indians. The participants included Cameron Schuler, a standout senior for Pope John Paul II, who still lives down the street.

            Growing up, Sarah said she developed an early bond with Michael. She believes their competitiveness on the soccer field helped her older brother, a 2021 Upper Perkiomen High School graduate, earn second-team All-Pioneer Athletic Conference honors as a senior.

            Sarah Fisher displayed an early acumen for the game. At five, she played on the Valley Soccer's U9 travel team and led the team in scoring, according to her father. He said her senior season with the Indians was her first age-appropriate season.

           Last fall, she registered 27 goals and 14 assists. Sarah – who set the program record for most goals (76), assists (47) and total points (199) – displayed the bursts of speed she lacked during the previous season while continuing to recover from reconstructive knee surgery. Dad said his daughter struggled with stamina and occasionally displayed a limp.

            "She was finally back to normal," Kyle Fisher said. "Sarah spent a lot of time over the summer building muscle."

            Matthew claims that watching his older sister have success motivated him to work harder. After Sarah earned all-state honors as a sophomore, he decided to increase his practice time.

            The summer after watching the Upper Perkiomen girls play for a state title, Matthew and Sarah got gym memberships together.

            Matthew's performance last fall made him a unanimous nominee by Frontier Division coaches, said Kyle Fisher. He said one coach told him Matthew was the guy they all planned for.

            "When you can score and set up guys from the midfield the way he can, you're going to get noticed," Kyle Fisher said.

            Matthew spent the weekend with his club team, Hex FC U17, based in Perkasie, at the ECNL Boys Winter 2024 Florida National Event in Lakewood Ranch, FL. He registered two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Parkland Soccer Club, from Coral Springs, Fla., on Sunday.

            "I love the way I'm playing," said Matthew, who added that he couldn't have been named all-state without his coaches and teammates.

            In November, Sarah Fisher accepted an offer to continue her soccer career at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. She'll be joining her other brother Michael, a finance and accounting major, at the school. 






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