COLLEGE BEAT: Wallingford’s Burr has become a Southern soccer spur

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NEW HAVEN — The Southern Connecticut State University women’s soccer team has won two in a row after a slow start and Wallingford’s Kesley Burr has been right in the middle of it.

The former Sheehan star has scored in each of the last two games as the Owls improved to 3-5-1 on the season.

Last Saturday, Burr scored in a 3-0 home win over Le Moyne College. Then on Tuesday, she broke a 1-1 tie in the 88th minute as SCSU sunk Pace 2-1 in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Jess Dow Field.

“The ball came over from the other side and I got a head on it and I flicked it over the goalie,” Burr said, recounting the latter strike. “It was an important goal because the game could have gone into overtime and you never know what can happen in overtime. Now we want to keep the winning going and make the (conference) tournament.”

The two goals in the last two games were Burr’s first goals of the season. She collected her first assist of the season as well.

“It felt amazing to score those goals,” Burr said. “I needed that for myself after not playing so long. It felt good to score and help out the team.”

Burr said the team has come back strong after the lost COVID year of 2020 and that has made the team stronger as a group.

“I’m a senior and even though I’m not a captain, it’s important for me to lead. We have a lot of underclassmen and a a lot of players that haven’t played college soccer before this year,” Burr said. “We just want to stay together and keep working hard in practice and watching film. We want to make the tournament.”

SCSU head coach Adam Cohen said Burr is a success story and has come along way since entering the program.

“She’s a personal inspiration because of her work rate and her resilience,” Cohen said. “She was quiet when she came in and (now) watch her teammates. They look to her for guidance and mentorship. She’s stepped into that leadership role.”

Burr is what Cohen calls a “creative forward” who has the ability to score. 

“She also has a great ability to pass and has great vision; she executes and has brilliant ideas,” Cohen said. “I’m not surprised she’s scored in the last two games. You are seeing some of the best of Kelsey and we are going to see more and more things moving forward.”

Burr and the Owls will look to keep it going in their next game on Wednesday at home against Franklin Pierce.

Burr is a prouct of Wallingford Youth Soccer and then went on to star at Sheehan, where she was three times selected as All-SCC and All-State.

Burr was the 2018 Record-Journal Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Over the course of Burr’s 71-game career at Sheehan, she recorded 48 goals and 29 assists.

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