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Girls' soccer: Moorestown Friends stops Holy Spirit

11/11/2014, 10:30pm EST
By Kyle Miller, SJSD

Foxes move into Non-Public B South sectional title game with 3-1 win over Spartans

MOORESTOWN — Behind Keiran Lees' two goals, Moorestown Friends beat Holy Spirit and advanced to the Non-Public B South sectional final.

The No. 1-seeded Foxes will get the opportunity to play for the sectional title  Thursday against sixth-seeded Gil St. Bernards which was a 1-0 winner over seventh-seeded Mater Dei Tuesday. The title game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Holmdel High School.

Lees opened the scoring midway through the first half when she beat two defenders and powered home a strike from beyond the box.

The Foxes took their 1-0 lead over the fourth-seeded Spartans into halftime and came out in the second half with confidence.

Early in the second half, Lees struck again. She found a loose ball in the box off a Foxes corner and tapped it past the diving Holy Spirit goalkeeper, Audrey Wilson.

Five minutes later Vanessa Kara scored a magnificent goal. After catching up with a through ball, Kara chipped the ball over one Spartan defender, tapped it past another and slotted a left-footed shot home. The goal sealed the trip to the final for the Foxes.

Holy Spirit despite being down 3-0 made a push for a comeback with a goal from Christine Conaghy, but the Foxes defense held strong.

Moorestown Friends head coach Keith Harman is proud of his girls for their accomplishment so far this year and this game was a special one for the squad after losing to Holy Spirit last year in penalty kicks during last year's state tournament.

"It's been an amazing year. This group of girls has stuck together through a lot of injuries and come back. We are finally healthy at the end of the season...We lost to this team last year on penalties down at their place, so there was a bit of redemption wanted, but they were a good team...The girls really wanted this one more than I've ever seen them want a game."

Harman has also been impressed by the leadership shown through all of the girls on his team, specifically Vanessa Kara, Gaelyn Gregory, and the defensive unit.

"Vanessa Kara is an amazing player. She leads this team by example and she's one of the leaders and our defense is absolutely stellar...Gaelyn Gregory has been amazing this whole season. If it wasn't for her we wouldn't be in this position. You can score as many goals as would like, but you need a good goalie and we got one in Gaelyn."

Going forward Moorestown Friends will take on Gill St. Bernard's Thursday 11/13.

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