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Radnor rolls, 12-4, over Conestoga, gets high praise from coach

Wednesday, 28th May 2008

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Willie McGonigle
Phillylacrosse, com, Posted 5/28/08

There’s no doubt that in her storied career, veteran Radnor coach Phyllis Kilgour has coached some great teams.

But Kilgour gushes when she speaks of this Red Raiders squad.

“This is without a doubt the best team I ever coached regardless of how they finish,” said Kilgour, following Wednesday’s 12-4 victory over visiting Conestoga in the District One quarterfinals. “I never had a team this balanced.

“We’ve got seven players with over 40 goals.”

It was that balance that helped the Raiders – the top seed and the No. 1 team in the Top 10 Poll – improve to a perfect 21-0 and give Kilgour her 520th career victory. Radnor will play fourth-seeded Boyertown Saturday at West Chester East at 11 a.m.

Gabby Miller scored three goals to lead the attack while Kelly Barnes, Samantha Ellis, Beth Ellis and Courtney Campbell had two apiece. Kelyn Freedman scored once for Radnor, which led only 3-2 late in the first half but dominated the second half.

“I just go into every game with confidence,” said Miller, bound for Georgetown. “It’s sad that it’s our last home game, but it’s perfect.”

When asked about her coach’s bold statement about the team, Miller said, “That felt really great. I know she thinks it, but it’s nice she says it because we have really great chemistry.”

Kaitlin Hildebrand had two goals to lead the Pioneers (13-7) while Murphee Greeley and Taylor Mallory added one apiece. Kim Shoup posted 16 saves in goal. Katie Geary registered five saves in goal for Radnor.

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