FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- As one of the team's only upperclassmen, it's often up to Mary Schmeck to lead the rest of Sissonville's girls soccer team by example.
So when a 30-plus-yard shot off her foot found the upper-right corner of the goal to open up the scoring in the Indians' season opener Friday at Herbert Hoover, it didn't take long for one of her understudies to follow.
Sophomore striker Madison Jones took Schmeck's lead and ran with it, pounding in the next three goals as Sissonville coasted to a 4-1 win.
The Indians controlled possession throughout a majority or the match as evidenced by a 23-4 shot advantage and a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal.
"We wanted to come here, have a good start, fight for a 'W' and fortunately we got them," Sissonville coach Ali Sadeghian said.
Much of that credit goes to Jones and sophomore Karli Pinkerton, who kept constant pressure on the Hoover defense and directed traffic once the ball reached the Huskies' end.
Although she didn't score, Pinkerton was especially impressive in terms of speed and ball handling as she consistently weaved through multiple defenders at a time.
"They're ferocious, they're doing a great job," Sadeghian said of his two forwards. "And we're expecting them to do that. We have a very young team and we don't have the depth at this time of the season, but we need those two to take the lead while the rest of them are growing up with them."
If not for the efforts of Hoover goalkeeper Bailey Aab, the score could've been much worse, but the junior made 11 saves, including several of the highlight variety in keeping the Indians somewhat in check.
Aab's exploits kept the Indians off the board for the first 15 minutes before Schmeck's perfectly placed shot broke the seal.
Jones scored her first goal with just over five minutes remaining in the first half and replicated Schmeck's long ball in the opening minute of the second half. Her third came with 29:36 remaining on a long run to the goal.
Herbert Hoover's Emilee Henry broke up the shutout with just under 19 minutes remaining.