Hamm lifts Perk Val­ley past Up­per Perk, 3-2

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Tucker Ba­gley

Things didn’t start well for Perkiomen Val­ley in Tues­day night’s Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence field hockey semi­fi­nal. The un­de­feated Vik­ings strug­gled to pos­sess the ball and even trailed Up­per Perkiomen af­ter 15 min­utes.

But a time­out called mid­way through the first half sparked the Vik­ings to two quick goals from Danielle Hamm and a 3-2 vic­tory that punched their ticket to Thurs­day’s PAC Cham­pi­onship matchup against Owen J. Roberts — a 6-0 win­ner over Phoenixville in the other semi­fi­nal.

“We were sur­prised Up­per Perk called a time­out be­cause we were strug­gling,” Vik­ings head coach Erik En­ters said. “But I told our girls to just calm down and play our game.”

“I think it was good for us to just get a break,” Hamm added. “We were able to re­group and come out play­ing much smarter.”

Up­per Perkiomen (9-1 PAC Fron­tier Di­vi­sion; 11-8 over­all) put a lot of pres­sure on the Vik­ings’ de­fense early on, earn­ing a pair of cor­ner op­por­tu­ni­ties and scor­ing a goal just eight min­utes into the game on a re­bound by Bella Car­pen­ter.

“We had them on their heels early,” In­di­ans head coach Jamie War­ren said. “I thought we got off to a great start with very nice pass­ing com­bi­na­tions and ball move­ment.”

But af­ter that un­timely time out, the Vik­ings (10-0 PAC Lib­erty; 19-0 over­all) took con­trol of the ball and the game, scor­ing three­straight goals off of cor­ner op­por­tu­ni­ties. Hamm’s first two tal­lies came off of long shots as­sisted by Shine Saige and helped build a 2-1 half­time lead.

Hamm went for the hat trick early in the sec­ond half, when she side-stepped Up­per Perk’s ag­gres­sive goal­tender on a cor­ner and de­posited the ball into the back of the cage.

“It’s been nice to have some­one with the abil­ity to score on those set pieces all sea­son,” En­ters said. “I thought we could’ve had a cou­ple more goals, but their goalie was very ag­gres­sive in the sec­ond half, so we changed things up and started call­ing plays to step around her.”

De­spite fall­ing be­hind two goals, the In­di­ans kept claw­ing back. Abri­ana Gatto scored Up­per Perk’s sec­ond tally of the game with just five min­utes re­main­ing in the sec­ond half, but de­spite the con­sis­tent of­fen­sive push and 12 cor­ner chances, the In­di­ans just couldn’t find the equal­izer.


Perkiomen Val­ley’s Gabby Martina (3) sends one up­field dur­ing the sec­ond half of Tues­day’s PAC semi­fi­nal against Up­per Perkiomen.

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