It wasn't Lydia Murray's easiest three-goal game, but her determination shined through once more.
The senior battled a stiff lower back Thursday evening to become the Kanawha Valley's career leader in goals scored as host Sissonville defeated PikeView 7-1. A crowd of about 60 attended the matchup of Class AA-A state-ranked girls high school soccer teams at Joe Sawyers Field.
Murray has now netted 131 career goals, eclipsing the mark of former Sissonville standout Rebekah Kendall, who tallied 130. The top three spots on the Kanawha Valley career goals list are now occupied by former Indians - Murray, Kendall and Jennifer Povick (129).
Murray at times didn't have her trademark speed when chasing down balls and bent over with her hands on her knees on several occasions. She even sat out a couple of times in both halves.
"It was hard, but you've just got to push through it and keep going,'' said Murray, who recently committed to the University of Charleston.
Murray set the record with 15:32 left in the game off a corner kick from junior Mary Schmeck. Murray put a foot on the ball after Schmeck sent it across the face of the goal and controlled it, then turned around and deposited it in the back of the net.
Murray's teammates surrounded her as she headed up the field to the center circle. The game was momentarily stopped as Sissonville coach Ali Sadeghian presented Murray the game ball to a round of cheers.
"I'm just really happy,'' said Murray. "I couldn't have done it without my whole team behind me helping. It just kind of happened. I've been working toward it since my freshman year. I didn't really think about this until the end of last year when I was kind of close.''
Murray has overcome some heartache in the last few years. She considered quitting after her father's death in 2011, then last season, after the Indians advanced to the state tournament for the first time since winning it all in 2002, they lost 2-1 to Grafton in the title game.