Friends could have been excused for starting slowly Friday against the Institute of Notre Dame. The Quakers were missing three starters because of school-sponsored trips, which left the team with no subs and some nervous players.
None of that mattered once about 12 minutes had elapsed.
After a lackluster start, host Friends scored five unanswered goals en route to a 20-8 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference game.
"They were a little reserved," said Friends coach Mandy Hudson, whose team improved to 3-0. "They were nervous about not having anybody back them up. It was a little unsettling for them."
But maybe not for Friends junior midfielder Rachel Kehoe.
The Davidson University recruit, scored seven goals, including six in the first half. She has 13 goals on the season.
"She is a good motivator," Hudson said. "She gets people fired up. She plays hard and has a very good shot selection. She had a keen ability to read a defense and take what they give her."
Teammate Irene Hunt, a freshman midfielder, and junior midfielder Kailie Saudek finished with five goals apiece. Marli Caplan added three goals for the winners.
Junior attacker Mackenzie Lane led IND with four goals and Haley Jackson contributed two.
The Penguins' chances for an upset were weakened considerably when the Quakers picked up their play midway through the first half.
After five ties, Friends ran off five straight goals to go ahead 10-5 with 4:55 remaining. Kehoe had two goals during that stretch.
The Quakers led 13-7 at halftime and put the game out of reach early in the second half with four unanswered goals.
When Kehoe scored her seventh goal with 17:46 remaining, there was a running clock the rest of the way.
"Friends is a phenomenal team," Penguins coach Emily Mastella said. "We just couldn't keep up with their fastbreaks and players."
Friends goalie Rose Woolson made seven saves.