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Freshman breaks scoring record
Muenchen sets mark for most goals in season
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Freshman Molly Muenchen eyes her target moments before taking the shot to score her record-setting 24th goal of the season April 13 against Fannin County. - photo by Colin Ochs

History was made Friday night at Tiger Stadium as freshman Molly Muenchen broke the school record for the most goals scored in a single season.

Muenchen scored four goals in the Lady Tigers 7-0 win over Fannin County April 13 to push her season total up to 24 goals, surpassing the previous record of 23 set by McKay Shively. The win also clinched the No. 2 seed in Region 7-AAA and a first-round home playoff game.

“It’s unbelievable for sure,” said Muenchen about breaking the record. “Definitely glory to God. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I’ve never scored a goal without a pass from someone else…it’s a good feeling.”

The record setting goal came with just over four minutes left in the game. Muenchen dribbled the ball towards the middle of the field, taking the shot just outside of the penalty area. The shot went through the legs of a jumping defender who was guarding the freshman as best she could and beat the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper. Celebration ensued as Muenchen was joined by all her teammates for a massive hug as her accomplishment was announced over the loudspeaker.

This adds yet another school record to Muenchen’s resume as the freshman already set the school record for the most goals scored in a single game earlier in the season with six goals against West Hall.

“If you look at the stat sheet, you would think she’s a selfish player,” Coach Chess Hamby said. “But when you watch her play, she’s one of the most unselfish players we’ve ever had. That’s just a testament to her and the type of kid she is.

“She definitely makes everybody else around her better and makes me better as a coach. She’s one of those type of players. We’re thankful to have her, and she’s a lot of fun to watch play.”

On Friday, Muenchen opened the scoring for the Lady Tigers just 74 seconds into the contest and finished the first half already with a hattrick. Muenchen also had an assist in the first half to underscore that unselfish attitude Hamby spoke of. Despite all the goals, the freshman will always make the pass if it’s the better play.

Muenchen assisted on the first of Rachel Rajczak’s two goals. Sophomore Sam Floyd also scored for the Lady Tigers. In addition to the offense, Dawson County was just as stellar on the defensive end as goalkeeper Ashley Stanfill only had to make two saves for the shutout.