By Jeff Nations
The record belongs to Kelsea Potts now.
For the next season and a half, the Warren County High School junior soccer player can ensure that she keeps it for a long time to come.
Potts set the school's new mark with her 30th career goal in last week's 6-0 victory over cross-town rival Skyline. Potts actually had two goals in the game for the Wildcats despite playing only about two-thirds of the game as she continues to recover from an ankle injury.
That injury has cost Potts significant time already this season, but she's slowly working back into shape as evidenced by her record-setting performance against the Hawks. That accomplishment earned Potts The Northern Virginia Daily's Female Athlete of the Week honor for the week of April 7-April 13.
"Her accomplishment is based on her hard work and determination," Warren County coach Mike Carpenter said.
Potts got an impromptu shower from her teammates and the Wildcats' coaching staff following her milestone game against Skyline, which was also Warren County's first victory in seven tries this season.
"We dumped a lot of water on top of her," Carpenter said. "We emptied a lot of water bottles."
Potts didn't mind the soggy ride home, not after etching her name in Warren County's record book. Her record-setting goal came in the 51st minute off an assist from teammate Kayla Gibbons and helped put the Wildcats ahead, 3-0. On the play, Potts was sandwiched between a pair of Skyline defenders just as she connected on the shot.
"It was pretty exciting," Potts said. "It should've been a PK if it didn't go in, but luckily it was a goal."
Potts has five goals this year after scoring 18 last season as a sophomore. The midfielder's lengthy absences due to that nagging ankle injury haven't helped Warren County this season, for certain. The Wildcats were off to a 1-6 start headed into Tuesday's Evergreen District opener at Kettle Run.
"We're off to kind of a slow start in games, if you look at the scoreboard," Potts said. "But we've been playing some pretty good soccer here and there. We just have to be more consistent. We're improving."
Carpenter expects Potts to keep on improving her career goals record, as well.
"I would hope so," he said. "She's still got another year to do it."
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