Dawson County freshman Molly Muenchen was at it again, this time scoring six goals in the Lady Tigers’ 8-1 win over Monroe Area at Tigers Stadium in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament April 26.
The six goals ties her own school record for most goals scored in a single game, which was set earlier in the season against West Hall. Also joining Muenchen in the record books was sophomore Katie Clouse, who tied the school record for most assists in a single season when she set up Muenchen’s third goal in the 27th minute.
“I’m proud of them and the way they come out and played,” said Coach Chess Hamby. “They got after it. They played hard and a lot of girls stepped it up more so than I’ve seen all year, so now I know they can do it. They got to do it next week too.”
Clouse and junior Ruthie Pittman both scored unassisted goals, while Muenchen’s six goals were assisted by five different players. Two from sophomore Sam Floyd and one each from Clouse, Pittman, sophomore Molly Kitchen and junior Rachel Rajczak.
Dawson County (12-2) started fast, not seeming to have any playoff nerves, as Muenchen scored her first goal less than a minute into the contest. It was 3-0 Lady Tigers before lightning struck, literally, delaying the game for 30 minutes after playing just 15.
“The weather played a big factor,” Hamby said. “I told the girls to just roll with the punches because we don’t know what the weather is going to do and how long we were going to play and if we were going to get out there and play the full 40 minutes of each half, so that was a real stressor there just in itself.
“I don’t know if there’s a blueprint on what to do during a weather delay. You get nervous about it because you don’t know what the girls are going to do. I’ve learned our girls play better when they’re just relaxed and if they tense up and you stay on them, try to get them to sit down and rest, they don’t respond well to that, so you just kind of let them do their thing and then come back out and hope they’re ready to go.”
After the delay, the Lady Tigers and Lady Hurricanes (10-8-1) both scored a goal apiece to close out the first half with Kaila Horton scoring Monroe Area’s lone goal in the 34th minute.
The second half started much like the first for Dawson County. Muenchen scored two goals within the first ten minutes and it was smooth sailing for the Lady Tigers into the Sweet 16 from there to face No. 1 Westminster (13-4-2), according to Eurosport Class AAA rankings, in the second round on Tuesday.
Results were not available as of press time.
“This is what it’s all about,” Hamby said. “If you’re going to go win a championship, you got to go beat teams like Westminster. You’re going to have to beat them eventually.”