SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ  -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood's girls soccer team started the season with a perfect 5-0 record and, until giving up a score in Tuesday's victory over archrival Westfield, they had not given up a goal. Playing a large role in the successful start of the 2019 season has been senior goalie Maya Kessler, this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week. 

Kessler, who will play goal next year for RPI, began the season with four consecutive shutouts in a seven-day period:

  • Sept. 6 vs. Bayonne: W 4-0 
  • Sept. 7 vs. Mendham: W 3-0 
  • Sept. 10 vs. Summit: W 1-0 
  • Sept. 12 vs. Oak Knoll: W 3-0

It was not until 23 minutes into the Sept. 17 game against Westfield that she gave up her first goal of the season to Ellie Sherman. From that point onward in that game, Kessler would yield no further scores as the Raiders rebounded and won a hard fought victory over a team that will likely contend with them for the Union County title. 

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"Maya is a leader on our team and very vocal," Scotch Plains-Fanwood's varsity coach Kevin Ewing told TAPintoSPF. "With four years experience, she is a good leader to have in the back. She has been a big asset to us. She's positive and she plays hard."

Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located on Park Ave. across the street from the Stage House Tavern in Scotch Plains and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Schedule an appointment by calling 908-322-3202, or emailing You can learn more about Joint Motion Physical Therapy at

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373 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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