Lydia Murray knew if Sissonville was going to go anywhere this season the Indians would need more than just her firepower.
So far they're getting both as Murray, a senior, and freshman forward Madison Jones scored two goals and added two assists apiece in a 6-0 decision Thursday evening over Midland Trail. A crowd of about 50 attended the matchup of Class AA-A state-ranked girls high school soccer teams at Joe Sawyer Field in Sissonville.
Sissonville advanced to the state championship game last season, falling to Grafton 2-1. The Indians lost six starters from that squad and needed a new infusion of talent to return to states and take care of some unfinished business.
The Indians (15-2), who are second in this week's state coaches association rankings, won their 10th straight since a 3-0 loss at Bridgeport, which is now No. 1, on Sept. 1.
"From the beginning of the season we've come a long way,'' said Murray, who is now five goals shy of the Kanawha Valley career goal scoring record of 130 set by former Sissonville standout Rebekah Kendall.
"[The freshmen] have all stepped up to help. If we didn't have them, I don't know. [They've added] a lot of speed and help up front and in the back [on defense].''
In turn, Murray's path to the goal has been a little less congested this year.
"[Opponents] have to watch everyone else,'' she said of not facing as many double- and triple-team defenses this season. "There's more than just one person that can score. We just need to keep working like we have been and get better every day.''
Murray, who recently committed to the University of Charleston, paces Sissonville with 28 goals, but she's not the only threat.