"I noticed that after it happened," said Boyer."I guess I did my last, final hurrah before I came out."
By MARTIN COOPER
Before Boyer realized a substitute was waiting at the table, she took a pass from Kate Scholl and knocked the ball into the cage for the first goal of the game as Upper Perkiomen claimed a 2-0 victory over Phoenixville Monday in a rematch of last year's Pioneer Athletic Conference field hockey championship game.
Boyer's goal came with 4:15 left in the first half and followed several acrobatic saves by Phoenixville goalie Faith Handley (10 saves). Just 2:18 later, freshman Alyssa Scholl outraced Handley to a pass from Scholl and banged the ball into the cage for a 2-0 lead.
The final score could have been worse, since the Indians (6-0-2, 8-2-2), the second-place team in Division I, totally dominated the Phantoms (7-1, 9-2), the first-place team in Division II.
"We didn't play," said Phoenixville coach John Tornetta. "We were terrible. But we won the Powder Puff game. We had four games coming up, but the girls decided they wanted to play in a girl versus girl football game Friday night. They were tackling each other, using different muscles. They were sore today. Dead. I've never seen a team play as poor as we did.
"But that's no excuse. Upper Perk was hungry. They came after us. They were quick. They executed their stick skills. We couldn't stop them. They just beat us."
The Indians outshot the Phantoms, 19-2, and earned 15 corners to only four for Phoenixville. It was also the second time in three days Upper Perk beat a Tornetta-coached team. On Saturday, the Indians handed previously unbeaten Great Valley, coached by John Tornetta's older brother Joe, a 2-0 loss.
"Mentally, today was the first time I thought we played smart hockey," said Upper Perk coach Kelly Brenninger. "We've been working on transitioning the ball to the right. We did that today. We've been working on more movement in the circle area, not standing stationary. We did that today."
The Phoenixville game was a make-up from a rain-out last week. It got sandwiched between the Great Valley game, today's game with Spring-Ford, Thursday's game with first-place Perkiomen Valley and Friday's game with Upper Merion.
The Indians didn't have time to worry about what happened in last year's PAC-10 title game with Phoenixville.
"We're a whole new team," said Brenninger. "I didn't look at it as a rematch. Every team is out to get us because we're the defending champs. We have to be ready to play."
The Indians definitely were ready to play Monday. They jumped all over Phoenixville from the start and never allowed the Phantoms to generate any offense.
"We knew they (Phantoms) were coming back strong," said Boyer. "We were also coming from a tough game Saturday with Great Valley. They were undefeated. We played very strong Saturday. That carried over to today.
"We have four games this week. We've been focused on individual skills. We had to remember to focus on team skills. The thing we needed was a good start to the week. We got that."
The Indians were happy with their performance Monday against the top team in Division II. They don't plan to overlook Spring-Ford today, but they're certainly aware of Thursday's important battle with first-place Perkiomen Valley.
"It's in the back of our minds," said Boyer. "We have some plans to pump up the team Thursday. Until then, we're just taking it game by game. It's always good to play a tough, intense hockey game. That's what we'll have Thursday."