Sayre's McNamara earns 50th career goal in win over Towanda
Sayre's Mikala McNamara entered Sayre soccer history Monday.
The senior netted her 50th goal nine minutes and 26 seconds into her team's match against the Black Knights, a 9-1 win for the Redskins.
"It feels great," McNamara remarked. "It's been a long time coming. I'm just really happy that it happened, I couldn't be happier."
She knew after the Troy game that the mark was close.
"My coach let me know I had 49," explained McNamara. "So I was aware of it going into the game."
Coming into the season she was confident she could hit 50.
"There is always a chance (I didn't get it) but I felt pretty confident I was capable of doing it," McNamara said.
As her career progressed McNamara saw that this was a possibility.
"I didn't really think about it much back then," she said about being a freshman. "Once I started getting closer and closer I knew it was definitely a possibility."
Now the Redskin will go down in history alongside some of Sayre's other fearsome strikers.
"I'm honored to be a part of it," she said.
Sayre coach Tracy Mennig was pleased to see her 4-year starter get the achievement.
"I was happy to see Mikala pass her 50 goals on the season," she said. "It was well deserved."
Jess Hickey got the first Sayre goal at 35:31 off a Rachel Hurley cross. Then McNamara got her 50th unassisted to put Sayre up 2-0.
At 29:26 McNamara got her 51st off an Elyse Skerpon assist to make it 3-0 Sayre. Hickey got her second goal off the game at the 16:03 mark on an unassisted breakaway.
McNamara got her hat trick at 13:31 with a long shot from out side the 18 to put the Redskins up 5-0.
Towanda cut into the deficit with 9:17 left to play in the opening half as Kylie Cazassa scored off a Laci Manning assist.
In the second half Hickey scored a goal less than a minute in off assists from Skerpon and McNamara on a play that began off the kick-off to finish her hat trick.
Skerpon added a goal at 33:45, followed by goals from Ally Peet and Chelsea Haiges to round out the Sayre scoring.
"I'm very happy with the way the girls played tonight," Mennig said. "They moved the ball well and worked on some things we were doing in practice. All the girls saw playing time tonight, it was a good opportunity for them to get some good playing time in."
As for McNamara's future, she's not sure what school she's going to go to but she hopes to play soccer there.
"That's the plan right now," she explained. "I guess we'll see when I get there."