Farrells fuel Neshaminy victory

Posted: October 18, 2012

When freshman Gabby Farrell talks about her fellow members of the Neshaminy girls' soccer team, she refers to them as family. The platitude isn't uncommon in athletics, but for Farrell, it's literal in one case.

Her older sister, Erin, is a senior starting midfielder for the Redskins, ranked second in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer. For the past three seasons, Gabby Farrell looked on as Erin and the Redskins reached the district playoffs the past few seasons.

In Wednesday night's final Suburban One League National Conference regular-season game, the Farrell sisters connected on the game-winner against Pennsbury, as Neshaminy beat the Falcons, 4-1.

"It's been really great," Gabby Farrell said of playing with her sister. "I've never played on a team with her, and we've been playing since we both were four. It is great to experience playing with my sister."

For the goal, scored five minutes into the second half, Erin Farrell hit the ball hard toward the net. Unsure whether the original shot would go in, Gabby got her head on it. The ball soared past the Pennsbury keeper, giving the Redskins (16-1 overall, 14-0 league) a 2-0 lead.

"We work so hard, and I really think we deserved it," Farrell said of the undefeated conference record. "We wanted to win so badly. I'm really proud of this team."

The Redskins haven't lost a game since their season opener on Aug. 31, due in part to their stingy defense. In winning 16 straight, Neshaminy's defense, led by junior keeper McKenna Mullin, has recorded 11 shutouts.

"Our defense is playing so well, we are just clicking," said junior forward Megan Schafer, who scored her 25th goal of the season Wednesday night.

Pennsbury is 12-4-3 overall and 10-3-1 in the National Conference, good enough for second place.

Expected to be one of the top teams when the district seedings are announced Sunday, the Redskins hope to make a run far into the postseason.

"I have really high expectations," Schafer said.

Neshaminy   1 3 – 4

Pennsbury   0 1 – 1

Goals: N-Amy Mandia, Megan Schafer, Gabby Farrell 2; P-Lexi Brown.

Saves: N-McKenna Mullin 6; P-Sarah McDonald 9.

Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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