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Villa Joseph Marie denies Upper Perkiomen in PKs of 1-3A semifinal

Villa Joseph Marie 3, Upper Perkiomen 2 (VJM 3-1 PKs) >> Upper Perkiomen dropped a heartbreaker in penalty kicks to perennial powerhouse Villa Joseph Marie in a District 1-3A semifinal Tuesday in Holland.

VJM opened the scoring in the 30th minute as Shea Riley headed in a corner kick.  The Indians responded 8 minutes later as Sarah Straub ran onto a long diagonal cross from Sara Edwards and calmly sent her shot past the charging GK to knot the game at 1-1.  Mary Kate Sitko put Upper Perk ahead 15 minutes into the second half with a low driven shot, assisted by Jada Roderick.  The Gems, the defending District 1 champs and PIAA 3A runners-up last year, were not to be denied, tying the game less than 10 minutes later on a penalty kick for a handball.

Upper Perk concludes its season 18-4, the best record in school history. The PAC Frontier champions defeated Bishop Shanahan 2-1 in the second round to make the semifinals. Upper Perk’s seniors include Sam Kozminski, Gabby Neal and Lindsay Bieler.


Upper Perkiomen    1    1    0 (1)  – 2
Villa Joseph Marie   1    1    0 (3) – 3*
30 min  (VJ)   Shea Riley
38 min  (UP)  Sarah Straup (Sara Edwards)
50 min  (UP)  Mary Kate Sitko (Jada Roderick)
65 min  (VJ)   Maddy Crozier (PK)
UP – miss / VJ – make
UP – miss / VJ – make
UP – make / VJ – make
UP – miss
Upper Perk:  30 attempted, 14 on goal
Villa Joe:  29 attempted, 13 on goal
Gabby Neal (UP) – 11, Makenzie Van Arsdale/Morgan Murphy (VJ) – 12
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