MOORESTOWN-- It didn’t matter to the Moorestown Quakers where they were ranked in preseason.
The Quakers have emerged as one of the top teams in South Jersey ahead of their South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association tournament semifinal against Shawnee on Wednesday.
“We were on nobody’s radar,” Moorestown head coach Bill Mulvihill said. “No one’s Top 10, Top 15, Top 20. All we do is just keep playing. I told the girls if you just keep playing, everything will work itself out. Polls in the beginning of the year mean nothing. It’s where you are at the end.”
In addition to moving on to the final four of the SJSCA tournament, the Quakers are the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Group 3 tournament and captured the Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division crown.
“We know no one believes in us,” Moorestown midfielder Isa Arvelo said. “We weren’t even ranked in the preseason so we’re trying to show everyone our winning record is not a joke.”
The Quakers are 15-2, with their only defeats coming to Williamstown and Eastern.
It’s the test against Eastern that is helping Moorestown prepare for what it’ll see against a Shawnee team it usually sees in preseason.
“They’re a really big opponent,” Arvelo said. “We scrimmage them every year and we’ve come out with a couple losses. We’ve grown so much this season and I feel really confident we’re going to put up a really good fight. We put up a good one against Eastern and lost 2-0.”
Even when they’re not at their best, like was the case in the SJSCA quarterfinal win over Paul VI, the Quakers found a way to win by way of a Jillian Calhoun game-winning goal with three minutes left.
“It just shows how much heart we have and how we can come back,” Calhoun said. “Even if we’re not playing at our best, we can pull out a win.”
Even though they’ve achieved plenty of success so far, the Quakers have a message for themselves in order to keep playing deep into November.
“We are not done yet,” Arvelo said.