Kelly goal gives Neshaminy win

Council Rock South's Erica Crosier (18) runs into her own goalie, Allison Taub. Taub was still able to deflecta shot by Neshaminy's Katie McCoy in the first half of the Redskins' 1-0 victory. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Council Rock South's Erica Crosier (18) runs into her own goalie, Allison Taub. Taub was still able to deflecta shot by Neshaminy's Katie McCoy in the first half of the Redskins' 1-0 victory. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer
Posted: September 21, 2013

Sitting at goalie McKenna Mullin's house after school on Thursday, eating a chicken sandwich with her teammates, Neshaminy senior Jess Kelly didn't necessarily think she would give her soccer team the edge over Council Rock South later that evening.

In fact, she hadn't been too pleased with her performance the last couple of games.

But in the first home night game of the season, Kelly put the Redskins over the top, 1-0, in the Suburban One National contest, extending their shutout streak to five games.

The goal came just 40 seconds into the second half as Kelly, a defender, made a nice run forward, pushing into open space. She yelled "dummy" to her teammate - telling her to let the ball through - as the ball slid across the box and landed at her feet.

Kelly's perfectly placed shot was low and in the corner.

"I haven't been happy [with myself] the past three games, so to get one in is definitely a confidence booster," Kelly said.

Confidence is something the Redskins (7-0 overall, 5-0) didn't have a short supply of entering the conference showdown, as they had outscored opponents by 35-1 in the first six games of the season.

Knowing this, the Golden Hawks (4-1-1, 3-1-1) rose to the challenge.

"Obviously, Megan Schafer gives everybody a hard time," South coach Kim Francis said, referring to the Redskins forward. "We looked to shut her down, and the rest of our backs just looked to clean everything else up."

The Golden Hawks did just that behind the tough play of senior Gabi Rosenfeld. It was the first game all season in which Schafer did not register a goal.

The game was evenly played, and it looked as if South might tie it in the final minutes, but no one could convert.

The Redskins won't play again until Tuesday, at 7 p.m. against Council Rock North at home. Kelly said the players always hang out together from after school until it is time for warm-ups on days of night games.

With Thursday's precedent, it looks as if it will be chicken sandwiches all around.

Council Rock South 0 0 – 0

Neshaminy 0 1 – 1

Goal: N-Jess Kelly.

Saves: CRS-Allison Taub 7; N-McKenna Mullin 4.


Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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