Kelsey Thomas said this week she never actually had the chance to sit down and talk to Stonington High School girls' soccer great Lindsey Trubia, but figured she probably will at some point, with the pair hailing from a small town.
Thomas broke Trubia's all-time girls' soccer scoring record Thursday, scoring twice in a 4-1 victory over Ledyard in the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division, a good win for the Bears to get them to 2-1 in the division after starting out 0-1 with a loss to Lyman Memorial.
Thomas, a senior, who now has 66 career goals, tied the record earlier in the week at Montville, but hit the post a couple times in her quest for record-breaking goal No. 65. That gave Stonington coach Dave Walsh enough time to set up a reception for Thomas after Thursday's game, complete with balloons and cupcakes, and to make sure all the members of the Bears' team had a chance to sign a commemorative soccer ball for her.
"It was a real pretty shot, unassisted," Walsh said of Thomas' first goal against Ledyard, which came at 64 minutes, 20 seconds. "She went on one of her runs. She'd been all around the goal before that goal. She's a very good one vs. one player. I'm very happy for her. She needed to get that pressure off her. I'm thrilled for her."
Thomas, who is applying early decision at Trinity, with hopes of playing for the team there next season, has been playing forward the last few games for the Bears. Walsh has pushed a few more players ahead in hopes of creating an attack mentality, as opposed to a more conservative approach at the beginning of the season.
Thomas, for one, likes it there.
The approach allowed the Bears to score four goals in the second half Thursday after being scoreless at halftime – "my brilliant halftime speech," Walsh said with a laugh.
"It's great," Walsh said of the uptempo game his team has been able to play. "Our goal was to win the conference and we've got to win going out now just to tie; every conference game is critical for us. But every game we're getting a little bit better. This gives us a more attacking look. It defines our midfield a little bit more. We're becoming a little bit more predictable to each other. We're creating instead of reacting."
Thomas has 10 goals this season.
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