For Friends to stop unbeaten No. 2-ranked Roland Park, coach Carol Samuels knew she needed something out of the ordinary.
On Thursday, she mapped out an unusual corner play featuring a fake shooter. The host Quakers had only one chance to use it yesterday, but it did the trick.
Caroline Keelty scored on No. 8 Friends' only corner early in the first half for a 1-0 victory in the Association of Independent Schools' biggest upset this season.
Both teams are now 2-1 in the AIS A Division Homer League.
The Reds (13-1) came in heavily favored, having outscored opponents 36-2 and shut out 11 foes, including five ranked teams and two defending state champions.
"I knew I had to have something," said Samuels, "because [Reds coach] Debbie Bloodsworth would know how to stifle our corners. I said we'd try a couple of regular ones, and then we'd try this, but then I thought, 'What the heck?'"
Even the Quakers (6-3-2) were surprised when Samuels called the play on their first corner.
"We kind of laughed when she called it," said defender Molly O'Connor, "but it worked."
Keelty started the play with a corner pass out to Ella Masson on the right side of the circle. Masson zipped it across past O'Connor, who faked the shot, to Maron Deering for a drive to the cage.
"Maron shot wide of the goal, and I stuck my stick out and tapped it in, just like the drill," said Keelty, whose shot slipped inside the right post 10: 30 into the half.
The rest of the work was left to the defense, anchored by O'Connor, Deering, Edith Swain and Sara Barss.
The Quakers, who notched their seventh shutout, came out on the low end of every statistic except the final score.
The Reds had a 5-2 edge in shots and took 11 penalty corners. They dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half and had several near-misses.
Elizabeth Ryan and Carrie Scanlan had a two-on-one break going in when Scanlan fell down. Later, Allison Higgins sent a perfect reverse-stick pass skimming across the circle untouched.
Friends, which held off six straight corners in a two-minute span early in the first half, had to fend off five more in the second. Ryan and Betsy Gaines ripped shots off second-half corners, but Friends freshman keeper Laura Schummers stopped Gaines' and watched Ryan's carry wide.
On their corners, the Reds seemed a little off-kilter without senior center midfielder Erin McInnes, out with an ankle injury.
"We lose a lot of team confidence when Erin's not there," said Bloodsworth. "No one really took charge."
The Reds, A Division runners-up last year, will now try to regroup and finish strong. Their last four games include three ranked teams.
"This is the type of thing that's disappointing for the first 10 minutes, and then you see it as a way to get stronger," said Reds defender Kristin Raneri. "It's really rare to have an undefeated season. We have a huge week next week, and maybe this is exactly what we needed -- to lose to a team [ranked] below us, and then maybe we'll get psyched up."