Every time Kelly Farrell steps foot on the pitch, coach Seamus O’Connor believes his senior attacking midfielder is going to score.
He said he’s never felt so confident about a player in his entire life.
Farrell recorded her first multi-goal game of the season on Friday night, as her two second-half scores helped Temple (5-2) snap a two-game skid and defeat the University of New Hampshire, 4-0.
The 5-foot-7 inch forward has a team-high seven goals on 22 shots this season.
“I always know she’s going to score,” O’Connor said. “Kelly’s a whole lot better when she’s got somebody around her to work with and tonight we were able to figure out how to get players around her, and she’s just unbelievable to watch.”
Farrell has scored in all six games she has played in 2015. She did not play in the Owls’ loss to the University of Pennsylvania on Sept. 4 due to a red card against Rider University three days prior.
One of the players who helped facilitate Farrell’s chances was fellow senior Paige Rachel, a Manchester, New Hampshire, native, who started and logged 45 minutes in her return to her home state.
In the offseason, O’Connor scheduled New Hampshire to honor Rachel and give her an extra dose of motivation while she was recovering from her second ACL tear.
“I thought she was very professional to stay focused and play when there’s a lot of distractions being in her home state again,” O’Connor said. “It’s unique and it’s cool and it’s great that she can come away with a win too so she can wear her Temple stuff up here in New Hampshire with pride.”
Freshman midfielder Sarah McGlinn had a breakout performance for the Owls, following up Farrell’s back-to-back goals with two of her own, both unassisted, for the final margin.
McGlinn has seen steady playing time this season, averaging 44 minutes per game, but had yet to find her scoring touch until Friday night.
“She knows her job is to help the team by scoring, so, being a freshman, it’s tough to kind of handle all that,” O’Connor said. “She continues to work hard and she just never stops, and I think that’s just a great reward to see her come up with those goals.”
Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Nash notched the first 90-minute shutout of her career.
Nash, who is playing in place of injured senior goalkeeper Shauni Kerkhoff, recorded a career-high five saves while facing 18 shots from New Hampshire.
“She was super confident, talking, communicating, organizing and the defense in front of her was great tonight,” O’Connor said. “I could tell in warmups she was her usual, goofy self and I knew she was going to play well.”
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