RUTLAND – Tantalizingly close to history before kickoff, Proctor High School’s Abby McKearin was all on her own by halftime.
And Vermont had a new all-time scoring leader.
It took 90 seconds against rival Mount St. Joseph for McKearin to net her 148th career goal, matching the record set by Mount Anthony’s Nicole Levesque that stood since 1989. Her three other goals before intermission — the firepower for the Phantoms’ 4-2 win — ensured the mark would never be shared.
“All the kids were revved up to play but Abby was really ready to play and she just dominated the first half,” said Proctor co-coach Scott French. “Any time she got the ball she went to goal and all four goals were unsaveable — the keeper had no chance on them.”
For goal No. 148, it was a dribble into the right side of the box and a good touch around a defender to tee up a right-footed blast across the goal into the side-netting. To set the record, McKearin unspooled an MSJ defender and slotted a left-footed shot to the right corner.
With 151 tallies and counting, more than any Vermont high school soccer player before her, boys or girls, McKearin has left plenty of goalies feeling that way.
After cruising past the century mark, her first long-term target, last fall, there was only one logical next step.
“I had a goal set for 100. And then you go from 100 and I didn’t want to get complacent,” said McKearin, a Free Press first-team selection in 2014. “It feels unreal.”
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