RED HILL ' For Upper Perkiomen's Casey Umstead, scoring her 100th goal held little pomp and circumstance.
Vested in a rigorous battle with Gwynedd Mercy on Monday afternoon, Umstead had no time to cherish her history-making goal.
"I told her at the time that ' Oh, well, you know you're probably going to have to get your 101st, too,'' head coach Jamie Warren said.
Already holding the Upper Perkiomen record by over 30 goals, Umstead heeded her coach's word and deposited her 101st goal in an overtime loss to the Monarchs before netting her 102nd goal in a 2-0 victory over Spring-Ford on Wednesday.
"During the game I knew I scored it but I didn't really say anything,' Umstead said. "I didn't let it get to me and I scored more goals after that. It didn't affect us, it just made us want to play harder.'
"She was phenomenal on the field (against Gwynedd Mercy),' Warren said. "It was probably the best game I ever saw her play.'
For Umstead, scoring 100 goals was a main accomplishment this season. However, one dream stands foremost in her thoughts ' a deeper run into states.
"We want to go past the first round of states this year,' Umstead said. "We've lost in the first round my past three years.'
Those last three years have seen a remarkable effort from Umstead on the offensive front. A four-year starter on varsity, the forward has yielded All-Area numbers the last two seasons. In 2010, Umstead finished her sophomore campaign with 24 goals and 11 assists, only to outdo herself the next year by registering a league-high 40 goals while also recording 17 assists.
Her production has landed her a spot at the University of Connecticut next season where she will play with the likes of former area players, Maria Elena Bolles (Villa Maria), Olivia Bolles (Villa Maria), Asia Crawford (Methacton) and Emily Walsh (Methacton). That team, like Upper Perkiomen, has a knack for winning. In its last three seasons, UConn has averaged an 18-4 season and in 2013, has recorded a 6-0 season in the early going.
Umstead is 12 goals shy of tying Alyssa Parker (Woodbine High School) for 12th most in high school field hockey history, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Despite the records that loom, the senior is adamant in seeing her team succeed and make a run to the Tribe's first PIAA state title game since 2006.
"She has so much desire and determination and she brings something to the table that every team needs to have,' Warren said.
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