Kristen Marshall's sophomore season already is more sensational than her freshman year was phenomenal.
Marshall - who scored a team-high 19 goals for last year's regional runner-up Martinsburg girls soccer team - upped her 2005 area-leading goal count to 21 with a pair of scores Monday as the No. 8 Bulldogs beat host St. Maria Goretti 4-1 in an Apple Valley League match.
"I'm just happy because I beat my record from last year," Marshall said.
She'll be even more happy if the Bulldogs (9-5-2, 7-1) can improve on their 12-8-2 record from last year.
"We want to be undefeated for the rest of October," Marshall said. "We want to come out sectional winners again and hopefully win states."
First, they had to get by Goretti (3-9-1, 3-6-1), which wasn't an easy task early. Martinsburg outshot the Gaels 13-3 in the first half, but largely due to 11 saves by Goretti keeper Andrea Buckner, the game nearly was a scoreless tie at halftime.