(WAOW) - Last year, the Marshfield girls' soccer team scored just six goals in conference play and finished 0-12 in the valley. This year, the Tigers have already surpassed last year's scoring total and sit in a tie for first.
A big reason why is Darian Molter, whom we feature as our Newsline 9 athlete of the week.
Marshfield girls' soccer head coach Steve Lindner had high expectations for Darian Molter when she joined the team this season.
But, just a freshman, Lindner knew it might take time for Molter to make an impact.
Flash forward 3 weeks: Molter leads the Valley in scoring and netted 8 goals in 4 games last week.
"We knew she would contribute, but as much as she's done so far has just overwhelmed us with her play and how she's stepped right in and fit right in with the team," Marshfield head coach Steve Lindner said.
"I am very surprised. There's a lot of seniors and juniors that have had a lot of experience and it's very surprising for me being a freshman," Molter said.
The Tigers scored just 6 goals in the entire conference season last year. This year, Molter has scored 5 goals in valley play and has her team tied for the conference lead.
"I was hoping that I would towards the end of the year, but I didn't expect coming in and having this big of an impact right away," Molter said.
"She's a very talented player and knew that she would be a nice cog that had 14 players back from last year and her addition has really made us a competitve team in the valley," Lindner said.