Washington Evening Journal
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OSKALOOSA — Trina Griffin, Trina Griffin, Trina Griffin, Trina Griffin, Trina Griffin, Trina Griffin.
Six times the Washington senior scored a goal in what was an unprecedented night for the Demons girls soccer team Monday on the road in a nonconference 8-1 triumph against the Indians.
“I just attacked, attacked, attacked,” Griffin said. “I was really excited to play finally since we didn’t have a season, so I just gave it my all.”
Greta Rothe deposited the other two goals for the Demons, including the initial score. Griffin netted three more for a 4-0 halftime score.
There were four saves between two Demon keepers. Elyse Hunt had one save, and Alex Murphy had three.
“The match went well,” Demons coach Steven Caulk said in a slight understatement. “We won with great team effort overall, and I was particularly happy with the way in which the players moved the ball around the field. They passed with intent, and positioned themselves so that we could create opportunities.”
In 2016, the Demons scored five goals the entire year with Kristin Barber scoring three. Jesse Bucholz had five of the 2017 season’s eight total. Kayla Schindler scored four of the Demons nine in 2015. Griffin had 19 goals and Rothe 13 of the 44 total in the 2019 season.
“It appears that it is a school record,” Caulk said, but did not know who or when or what the previous record was.
“If the coaches don't keep them and pass them down from one coach to the next, then records don't stay updated,” Washington athletic director Brent Van Weelden said.
Griffin’s first goal was on a penalty kick. “I don’t really remember all of them,” she said Wednesday at practice.
Three goals is often referred to as a hat trick so six goals is a double hat trick. There is a perfect hat trick in which a goal is scored from the right foot, another from the left foot and a header goal.
“The goalie caught one, but then it rolled behind her so I kicked it in. One bounced off of me and went up above my head, so I waited and kicked it in,” Griffin said. “Giselle Marcelino, Taylor Brinning and Greta twice gave me passes I scored on.”
She avoided that chance for a header because that would possibly endanger her eyesight since she always wears glasses when she plays. A lens came out during Monday’s match.
“I have never had a contact lens touch my eyes,” she said. “I don’t look good without my glasses.”
Anyone that scores six goals in a match looks incredible, glasses or not.