Molenko nets 100th career goal

Senior Jenny Molenko holds her 100 career goals ball in from of a sign to mark the occasion during her game against Mid Valley on Tuesday.

Senior Jenny Molenko holds her 100 career goals ball in from of a sign to mark the occasion during her game against Mid Valley on Tuesday.

BY JOHN LUND

In just over 10 minutes, Jenny Molenko put herself into the Mountain View record books on Sept. 24.

Molenko scored her third goal of the game against Mid Valley in the 11th minute to earn the 100th goal of her career.

“I can’t believe it’s actually happening,” Molenko said. “I was driving to school this morning more excited than I would be for my birthday. My mom told me sophomore year that I would do it and it’s been a personal goal of mine and it’s remarkable that the day is actually here.”

But it wasn’t easy for this to happen in front of the Lady Eagles’ home crowd.

Molenko sat at 92 goals heading into her game against Elk Lake on Monday, and then managed five goals in a 13-1 win narrow the deficit.

The Lady Eagles would be away for three games after Mid Valley, so in a way, the pressure was on.

Members of the Lady Eagles celebrate with Jenny Molenko after she scored her 100th career goal on Thursday. From left is Hannah Richner, Jenny Molenko, Makenna Whitaker and Megan Getz.

Members of the Lady Eagles celebrate with Jenny Molenko after she scored her 100th career goal on Thursday. From left is Hannah Richner, Jenny Molenko, Makenna Whitaker and Megan Getz.

“I don’t really like scoring that much because I want to spread my passion for soccer with everyone else,” Molenko said. “But my coach told me sometimes you have to do something you don’t like for something remarkable and that definitely was true for today.”

Molenko scored in the third minute off an assist from Ally Showalter, and again in the fifth minute off an assist from Hannah Richner, who also assisted on the final goal.

Head coach Errol Mannick removed Molenko from the game to celebrate with her teammates, family and friends. Orange and blue balloons were released into the sky to mark the occasion.

“It was really important to me to do this at home,” Molenko said. “It’s great to be here with my parents, I just wish my sister could be here but I know she’s cheering me on in California. I love them to death.”

From here, Molenko says her next personal number is 123, the school record for goals in a career set by Whitney Williams in 2006. Now, Molenko and her teammates can set their sights on a chance at a district title and advancing past the quarterfinal round of states.

“We don’t just want to get passed where we got to last year,this year let’s get to gold.”