The way Shelby Fredericks and the Babylon girls soccer team have been playing, pumpkins and leaves may not be the only orange seen later this fall.
The Panthers' bright orange jerseys would be a pretty festive wardrobe if they're still playing post-Halloween and pre-Thanksgiving. Unlike the past few years, they're expecting to still be wearing them when the county championship game is played in November.
"I definitely think we're capable," Fredericks said. "This is the year for Babylon."
It might be if Fredericks continues doing what she did Thursday. She scored both goals to lead Babylon to a 2-1 win at Mount Sinai in League VI.
With the game tied at one late in the second half, Emily Funk found the charging Fredericks, who carried up the middle, eluded a defender and fired in a left-footed shot from the top of the box to take a 2-1 lead with 6:49 remaining. It was her third multi-goal game of the season.
"One of my teammates made a run and I saw her but the defender was sliding over," Fredericks said. "So I was like, 'Uh, I think I need to take this myself.'"
Fredericks header off a cross by Carolanne Murphy opened the scoring just over 10 minutes into the second half.
It was an encouraging performance by Mount Sinai, which stayed competitive despite being without half of its starters because of injuries.
Mackenzie Kay sent a cross toward the top of the box to Erica Williams, who fired into the top right corner of the net to tie the game at 1 with 16:24 remaining. It was the junior forward's first goal of her varsity career and Mount Sinai's first goal of the season.
"Hopefully," she said, "I can get more."
Mount Sinai (0-3) made one last ditch effort to tie the score, but Babylon (2-1-1) keeper Hannah McGlinchey made a diving stop on a shot by Amanda D'Angio with 30 seconds remaining for one of her eight saves.
"We're playing a different style than we used to," McGlinchey said. "I think this year it will be Babylon on top."