Webster County's leading scorer Marissa Austin was kept from scoring in both of the Lady Trojans' wins over Union County during the regular season.
Austin made up for that in the Webster's game with the Bravettes in the first round of the 6th District Tournament on Monday night.
The Lady Trojan senior booted in five goals to lead Webster to a dominating 9-0 victory as the Lady Trojans also claimed a spot in next week's 2nd Region Tournament, and Austin also made history in the win as she surpassed Lauren Grant in career goals to officially become Webster County's all-time leading scorer.
"It feels amazing," Austin said. "It was a personal goal after I learned about it this summer and it was for real a team effort. I couldn't have done it without my team, especially my coaches, midfield, and sister. They're the ones who made it happen."
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Webster County coach Matt Pratt says he knew Austin had the potential to break the record and leave a mark on the Lady Trojan soccer program from the time she started varsity play as a freshman.
"She brought the same tenacity that she had on the basketball court to the soccer field," Pratt said. "There was no doubt in my mind that she would do great things."
Austin scored her 86th career goal to tie the record with 21 minutes left in the first half as that gave Webster a 1-0 lead. Brooke Shepherd and Mariah Austin each found the back of the net to push the Lady Trojans' advantage to 3-0 before Marissa broke the record with a goal six minutes before halftime.
"I remember getting a pass from Abbie (Michalek) and trying to outrun the fullbacks," Austin said. "I saw the goalie come out on me so I just kept thinking 'corner, corner' and I got it and it worked."
The Lady Trojans led 4-0 at the break, and Webster tacked on five more in the second half to roll to their seventh straight win over Union as the Lady Trojans also punched their ticket to the 2nd Region Tournament for a fourth straight season.
Austin had an assist to complement her five goals while Shepherd had two goals and two assists. Mariah Austin scored two goals and dished out one assist, and Michalek did a great job distributing the ball as she finished with four assists.
The Lady Trojans as a team have been on a roll as of late as Webster has won seven out of its last eight games.
"Communication and playing as one team," said Pratt of what has been the driving force behind his team's recent hot streak. "They have increased passing and they have increased talking, which in turn leads to more shots on goal, better defensive strategy, and maintaining more time of possession."
"We haven't had a group this strong since my freshman year and I just love it," Austin said. "Our chemistry is there, our mindsets are the same, and we're really just coming together and playing our hearts out every night. The sisterhood is the main reason for all our wins."
Webster County played Henderson County for the 6th District title on Tuesday night, but the conclusion of that game was after press time. Regardless, the Lady Trojans have a spot in next week's region tournament, and Pratt says his team will look to be on the attack.
"It is critical -- for us to make a run in the tournament this year -- we do not stay defensive-minded," Pratt said. "We must increase our shots on goal. It is a must."
The Lady Trojans will look to take that next step as the program has been steadily building up in the last few seasons.
"This program is going in the right direction," Austin said. "We've worked so hard to change from being the team everyone loves to play to being the team everyone hates to play. If we keep our heads on straight and keep working we'll give a good run in tournament play."
Lady Trojans topple McLean, Muhlenberg to close out regular season
Webster County finished out the regular season with back-to-back victories over Third Region opponents McLean County and Muhlenberg County as the Lady Trojans had a winning percentage of 60 percent or above at the end of the regular season for just the third time in school history.
The Lady Trojans rolled to an 8-0 victory over McLean last Tuesday as Marissa Austin and Abbie Michalek each had two goals and two assists. Mariah Austin also had two goals with one assist while Theresa Salazar and Morgan Williams each had one goal.
Michalek led Webster to a 4-2 victory against Muhlenberg as she scored two goals while notching one assist. Mia Morales and Brooke Shepherd each scored once while Paige Shepherd added an assist.