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Knox: Delco Christian’s Keelan a good fit in goal

At times against Garnet Valley during Saturday’s pivotal Southern Chester County League National Conference early season match, Kelly Keelan forgot she was playing a different position.
While playing goalie Keelan, who used to play in the midfield, was entertaining in displaying some of her dribbling techniques and running into the field to gobble up loose balls and thwart possible scoring chances. Overall, in making 13 saves, Keelan had a blast playing the sport she had doubts she would play again.

The Delco Christian junior has been grounded the last two years by a torn meniscus, MCL and ACL. Now, thanks to some determination, rigorous rehabilitation and plenty of prayers, Keelan is soaring for the Knights in goal. Keelan shined during the Knights’ 3-2 victory over Garnet Valley.

Amanda Stewart eventually put home the game-winner in the second overtime, but the all-around brilliance and hustle of Keelan kept the Knights in the game. Keelan, who is playing with a huge brace on her knee, is slowly adjusting to her new home on the field.

"I miss scoring," Keelan said. "The knee is doing good. I played goalie on my club team (West Chester Predators) and I’ve always been a backup goalie. I was nervous at first, but once I made the first save, I was like I can do this."

During her time away from the field, Keelan supported her teammates by becoming a third coach. She cracked jokes and shouted encouragement to her teammates.

Of course, Keelan got an early start in stopping shots. Her brother, Kieran, the 2003 Daily Times Boys Soccer Player of the Year, used to fire shots at her in the backyard when they were younger. Kieran, who is now attending Messiah College, finished his career with 115 goals.

"I would stop a few of his shots," Keelan said. "He would never let me shoot, but I didn’t mind."

Keelan’s play in goal could go a long way in helping a young Knight team make a third consecutive appearance in the PIAA Class AA District One title match. Keelan learned a lot from watching Lana Trotter in goal the last three years for the Knights. Much like Trotter, Keelan is a soothing presence on the back line for coach Mike Dicken.

Sarah Hayes is back.

Hayes missed most of last year with foot problems and tendinitis.

The senior stopper scored her first goal in two years during Radnor’s 1-1 tie against The Hill School last Saturday. Hayes, who has been playing soccer since first grade, is one of the leaders of the Red Raiders, who were sitting at 1-1-1 before Tuesday’s game with Central League favorite Conestoga.

"Right now, finishing is our weak spot," Hayes said. "I think we’re getting better. I think we’ll begin to shine in our next few games. We’re still coming together tactically as a team. For me, I am just happy to be on the field."

Hayes spent 10 days in Brazil during the summer with a pro-select team. Hayes enjoyed her experience, which included four intense games against Brazilian teams, eating unlimited amounts of seafood, watching Kapowera, a unique fighting style in Brazil that combines karate, and break-dancing.

"That was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen," Hayes said.

Springfield split its opening two games of the season by beating Harriton, 1-0, and losing to Cardinal O’Hara, 3-0. The Cougars could be the youngest team in the county. The Cougars have three sophomore captains (Jackie Eastman, Jessie Furia and Kellie Mooney). It’s unusual until you consider there are two juniors and one senior listed on the Cougars roster.

"I know we’re going to take some lickings this year because we’re young," Springfield coach Bill Booth said. "But we should be a better team. The coaches picked the captains. We felt the effort they showed in practice that they really deserved it."

Booth has already been impressed with the improvement of Eastman. According to Booth, Eastman has a better first touch, makes great runs without the ball and always seems to be in the right position.

Maybe it’s time the Delco schools play each other because last week was a rough one when they played Chester County schools. A quick note to the Chester County schools, please start taking it easy on our Delco teams.

In the 16 Delco vs. Chesco matchups last week, Delco posted a 1-11-4 record while being outscored 66-12. A Chesco school scored five or more goals in eight of the games and posted seven shutouts.

Radnor recorded the only victory by edging West Chester Henderson, 1-0.

Take a close look at the Super 7 because it looks a little different. For the first time in the six-year history (44 polls) of the Super 7, Strath Haven does not occupy one of the top two spots. The girls soccer Super 7 debuted Sept. 21, 1999 with Haven at No. 2.

Sorry, but the standings will appear in next week’s notebook.

Agnes Irwin is off to a quick 2-0 start behind a balanced scoring attack that has seen six players score at least one goal (Ludmila Crowther, Alison Heffernan, Anita Sellers, Vennie Mahmoud, Danielle Uber, Bridgett Connolly).

"Our offense is pretty good this year," senior captain Katie Archer said. "We don’t have to rely on one player to do all of the scoring. Also, our defense is stronger too because we changed formations."

Garnet Valley is a team that bears watching. The Jaguars have gotten off to a solid 2-1-1 start behind the leadership of Amanda Lamb. The senior attended a soccer camp at the University of Delaware. Lamb, who belongs to the student council, SADD, French Club and peer counseling, improved in several areas including passing, through balls and communication. Lamb is looking into majoring in pre-law in college.

The Jaguars played consecutive double overtime games in less than 24 hours Friday and Saturday against Great Valley and Delco Christian. The schedule was so grueling that even senior twins Jen and Jackie Moretto, who are always full of energy, were drained. The twins have provided a great assist to this reporter in helping to separate them. Jackie has pigtails and Jen has a ponytail. Thanks.

Finally, beginning next week and continuing through the end of the season, this reporter will highlight a great girls soccer moment from the last five years (sort of like an instant replay girls soccer style).

To contact Rob Knox, e-mail ©The Daily Times 2004

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2003 All Delco

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Nikki Lieb

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Upper Darby


Girls Scoreboard

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The Wilmington College womens soccer team opened up the 2003 season when they hosted Rowan University out of Glassboro, NJ by a 2-1 score. Kacy Dadura scored within five minutes into the second half gave the Profs a 2-1 lead. Colby Bugda scored Wilmington's goal at the 27:00 mark to go up 1-0. Rowan tied the game as Sonie Quick scored the tie goal at the 40:00 mark. Wilmington College with the defeat fall to 0-1. Rowan goes to 1-0 Junior Dana Petrazzolo scored just 1:32 into the game to lead Wesley College to a 3-0 non conference victory over The College of Notre Dame in the season opener for both squads. Sophomore Alison Boyer scored off a corner kick from freshman Lisa Lemons, who also assisted in on Dana Petrazzolo's only goal and freshman Felina Saccheti scored off a rebound shot 61:39 for the Wolverines at 1-0. Wesley junior goalkeeper Erin Hiarulli recorded 5 saves for the shutout.

2002 All Delco First Team
Elizabeth deBerardinis - Strath Haven Jr. Forward Lauren Windsor - Strath Haven, Sr. Forward Toby Ranck - Radnor, Sr. Forward Morgan McCann - Interboro, Sr Forward Jenn Cook - Marple Newtown, Sr Forward Jessi Lieb - Radnor, Jr, Midfielder Natalie Capuano - Sun Valley, Soph Midfielder Trista Burke - O'Hara, Sr Midfielder Lauren Petchel - Strath Haven, Sr Defender Kelly Rowland - Strath Haven, Sr Defender Amanda Becker - Sun Valley, Sr Goalie Second Team Cheryl Liuzzi - Penncrest, Soph. Forward Michelle Menser - Radnor, Sr Forward Amanda Stewart - Delco Christian, Soph - Midfielder Laura Sylvester - Marple Newtown, Soph Midfielder Dana Rodgers - Strath Haven, Soph - Midfielder Katie Hagan - O'Hara, Sr Midfielder Lauren Capotrio - O'Hara, Sr. Dfeender Emily Hoesch - SUn Valley, Sr. Defender Amanda David - Ridley, Jr Defender Becky Ranck - Radnor, Jr Defender Onnie Trusty - Penncrest - Freshman Defender Ashley Wilson - Upper Darby, Sr. Goalie

Sept 4, 2002
Corrine McCormack (seven saves) and O'Hara gained a 1-1 tie with Dougherty when Katie Hagan scored in the 30th minute of the Catholic League game. Rachel Seiboth played effective defense, but her Haverford High team lost, 3-2, to Sun Valley .The Fords came back from a 3-0 deficit when Jessica Simon and Erica Andreozzi converted a pair of penalty kicks, but the visiting Vanguards held on.
Marple Newtown's Jenn Cook tallied twice in a 3-1 win over Coatesville.Kaylyn Boles also scored for the Tigers. Ashley Wilson starred in goal as her Upper Darby team played a scoreless tie with Harriton.
Springfield lost to Phoenixville, 2-0, as Meghan and Kasey Borbidge excelled on defense for the local Central League team.

2002 PIAA Class AAA State Soccer Champtions: Strath Haven Strath Haven Panthers defeated Penn-Trafford 2-1 ~ for the State Title. It is the Panther's first PIAA title since 1997, whey strath haven was in the aa class. dana rogers and Lauren Windsor (Dieberardinis assist) provided the scoring for strath haven - Lindsay yeager provided the sole score for Penn-trafford.
Let's Go Haven!!! Good Luck in Hershey~~~ Semi-finals PIAA Class AAA Championship Game Strath Haven vs Penn-Strafford @ Hershey Park Stadium 5:00 p.m.

2002 All Southern Chester County All Stars Bishop Shanahan - Danielle Koczirka, Emily Hoesch, Kristen Cioeta & Natalie Capuano Delco Christian - Amanda Stewart Sun Valley - Amanda Becker 2nd Team Delco Christian - Audie McKenna, Kara Neef & Christa Hochstuhl Interboro - Morgan McCann Garnet Valley - Beth Larkin Honorable Mention: Delco Christian - Lana Trotter, Garnet Valley - Brittany Bailey Interboro - Christina Krautzel
2002 - All Catholic 1st Team Little Flower - Trista Burke - Southern Division MVP Little Flower - Katie Hagan & Lauren Capotrio Prendie: Ky Leopold & Stephanie Biester Carroll: Angela Caruolo & Jessica Brophy 2nd Team O'Hara - Emilie Greto & Corrine McCormack Prendie: Noelle Schiller & Lauren DeCecco Carroll: Jackie McAdams & Colleen Ingelsby Honorable Mention Lauren Pachioli - Carroll, Kim Simonds - Carroll, Laura Davidson - O'Hara, Kate Filippelli Carroll, Mary Debevec - O'Hara Michelle Blong - Prendie, Kelly Wellman - O"Hara Rachel Tomlinson - Prendie
News of Delaware County All Stars First Team Jen Cook and Kristen Sawicki, Marple Newtown Marissa Ciancio and Ana Schafer - Haverford Trista Burke, Jackie Conn, Lauren Capotrio, Corinne McCormack & Hatie Hagan - O'Hara Patrice Hughes - Springfield Sara Buchanan & Jessica Brophy - Carroll Shana Mitchell & Megan Moran - Prendie Caterina Carafides & Jackie Himes - Upper Darby Second Team Kellie Barnes, Laura Sylvester & Erin Duthie - Marple Margaret Elderton & Jessica Simon - Haverford Emilie Greto, Catherine Scanlon, Laura Davidson & Janine Rogers - O'Hara Jackie Nesbitt - Springfield Colleen Inglesby, Jackie McAdams - Carroll Ky Leopold & Steph Beister - Prendie

All Central First Team Honors Nikki Lieb - Radnor - MVP Ali Ryan - Radnor Lauren Petchel, Lauren Windsor, Kelly Roland - Strath Haven Kristen Maze & Heather McGinnes - Penncrest Ellie Shihadeh & Casey Renninger - Conestoga Jenn Cook - Marple Lauren Bryan - Ridley Caterina Carafides - Upper Darby Marisa Ciancio - Haverford Second Team Honors Patrice Hughes & Jackie Nesbitt - Springfield Jackie Himes - Upper Darby Elizabeth deBerardinis - Strath Haven Elizabeth Renehan & Jessi Lieb - Radnor Kristen Davis- Ridley Caitlin Redding - Penncrest Meghan Shoup & Bethany Long - Conestoga Emily Carson & Allison Marotta - Lower Merion Honorable Mention: Ana Schafer, Brooke Ashleigh & Amber Benlian - Haverford Nicole Logan, Kellie Barnes & Laura Sylvester - Marple Amanda Shaffer, Erika Nusshag & Cheryl Liuzzi - Penncrest Megan Carner, Kim Connors & Becky Ranck - Radnor Amanda David, Steph Tinsley & Alaina Angelozzi - Ridley Danielle McAnally, Amy Stankiewicz & Jacque Vanaman - Strath Haven Heather Organtini, Danielle Acito & Ali Mooney - Springfield Kim Toth & Adelina Edwards - Upper Darby Katie Leach, Liz Field, & Megan Bloomer - Conestoga Kirsten Lawson, Katherine Narzaez & Jenna Moore - Lower Merion

Catholic League Champs: Archbishop Ryan
Central League Champs: Radnor

2001 All Catholic Honors Junior - Trista Burke - Cardinal O'Hara - Most Valuable Player
1st Team O'Hara - Jackie Conn, Lauren Capotrio & Corrine McCormack Prendie - Megan Moran and Shana Mitchell Carroll - Sara Buchanan
2nd Team Carroll - Colleen Inglesby, Jessica Brophy & Lauren Pachioli Prendie - Katie Hagan, Emilie Greto & Catherine Scanlon Prendie - Stephanie Biester
Honorable Mention Carroll - Angela Caruola, Kate Filippelli & Jackie McAdams O'Hara - Larua Davidson Prendie - Noell Schiller, Myung Mundy & Christen Scanlon

Scoring Leaders
Morgan McCann, Interboro
Jenn Cook, Marple Newtown
Lauren Windsor, Strath Haven
Shana Mitchell, Prendie
Lauren Bryan, Ridley
Elizabeth DeBeradinis, SH
Jessi Lieb, Radnor
Kally Perkins, Agnes Irwin
Trista Burke, O'Hara
Brittany Bailey, Garnet Valley
Nikki Lieb, Radnor
Kwamina Motley, Strath Haven
Lindsey Smith, Sun Valley
Natalie Capuano, Sun Valley
Caterina Carafides, UD
Molly Pardue, Notre Dame
Megan Moran, Prendie
Katie Hagan, O'Hara
Ky Leopold, Prendie
Laura Davidson, O'Hara
Danielle McQuaid, Garnet Valley
Amanda Stewart, Delco Christian
Danielle Curry, Interboro
Ali Ryan, Radnor
Amanda David
Jill Ottaviani, Sun Valley
Jackie Conn, O'Hara