Brick Memorial junior midfielder Madison Farley won a game with a penalty kick on Sept. 12 for the Mustangs .
Farley won another game one week later for the Mustangs, this time with a direct kick as the Mustangs defeated visiting Toms River East, 1-0, in a Shore Conference Class A South game on Thursday afternoon.
“Julia Kirkpatrick was hurt and usually it is between me and her to take that play,” Farley said. “Usually, Julia will shot it.”
But Farley got the call at 65:39.
She set up to the right of the goal from about 25 yards out and she lofted a shot over Meaghan Sullivan’s head for a 1-0 lead.
“I was aiming to shoot the ball over the goalie’s head for the upper right corner,” Farley said. “I felt it was a good shot right off my foot.”
Farley’s game-changing play gave the Mustangs (2-1, 2-1) the lead at a pivotal moment in the game. The Mustangs had several opportunities late in the second half with shots going just wide or with Sullivan making the save.
“That goal motivated us to make sure nothing got past us for the rest of the game,” Farley said.
And nothing did.
Brick Memorial outshot Toms River East, 15-7, in the game and both goalies Toms River East’s Sullivan and Brick Memorial junior goalie Ciara Korber each made six saves. For Korber, protecting the lead was the ultimate goal for the rest of the game.
“Once we got the lead, I kept saying to myself we have to keep the lead,” Korber said. “We had to get everything out of the backfield and we can’t let anything through. If anything did come through the backfield, it would be on me.”
But the Brick Memorial defense minimized the amount of shots it allowed Korber to face head on for the rest of the game.
Toms River East coach Michael Nichol was disappointed with the loss but knew the Raiders (1-1-1, 1-1-1) had their chances to win the game.
“It was a tough one. I think we were pretty evenly matched in the first half,” Nichol said. “But Brick Memorial came out with a little bit more energy in the second half. We had time to respond but we just haven’t been putting the ball on target this year.”
But Farley’s been on target for the Mustangs this season and has won two games in a week’s span with her foot.
On Sept. 12, she defeated Lacey, 1-0, with her penalty kick in the 62nd minute. After the Mustangs were awarded a penalty for a foul in the box, the players on the team decided that Farley should take the penalty kick.
She delivered that game-winning shot to the lower right corner just inside the post.