WASHBURN, Maine — Mackenzie Worcester recently became the Washburn High School girls soccer team’s all-time leading goal scorer.
And she is only a junior.
Worcester has scored 91 goals, including 30 already this season, and she has three regular season games left.
“It has been a really good experience for me,” said Worcester who began playing when she was about 5 or 6 years old.
“I used to play up. My dad was coaching a team of third- and fourth-graders, and I played with them when I was in second grade,” recalled Worcester.
She feels her goal scoring touch has improved every year, learning about different shooting angles and working on her shot off the dribble. She noted working out with older brother Mitch and a trainer, Aaron Marston, in the summer was productive.
Her brother will be a walk-on freshman for the University of Maine’s basketball team this season.
“We lifted weights, and I did more for my legs than my upper body, and it really helped. I have a stronger kick. I also developed more quickness going side to side,” said Worcester.
Worcester and her teammates, the defending Eastern Maine Class D champs, are currently 10-1 and leading the Heal point standings.
They are coming off their harvest break and haven’t played since they avenged a 4-0 home loss to Ashland with a 7-0 victory at Ashland on Sept. 19.
They will visit Van Buren on Thursday.
Coach Marci Barbarula said her team practiced two to three times a week and had a pair of scrimmages against Fort Kent and the Caribou junior varsity.
Fort Kent entered Tuesday’s play second in Class C. Caribou is in Class B, and the varsity is fourth.
Barbarula said they were able to get around 16 of their 22 players to practice during the break, and she isn’t concerned about their conditioning because 10 of her players also run cross country, including Worcester.
“We’d go to cross country practice at 8 [a.m.] and soccer practice at 9,” said Worcester about the morning workouts.
Barbarula said she and cross country coach Michael Waugh “work very well together,” so the girls never had the two practices at the same time.
“And the girls are very dedicated. Practices aren’t mandatory during the harvest break,” said Barbarula.
Van Buren had a similar break but played for the first time since Sept. 18 when they traveled to play Fort Fairfield on Tuesday.
Thursday’s Van Buren-Washburn matchup will pit Worcester against Parise Rossignol, Van Buren’s all-time leading scorer.
Rossignol will play basketball at Maine beginning next season, following in her father’s footsteps.
“It’s always fun to play against her,” said Worcester. “We’re real good friends. My dad [Larry] and her dad [Matt] are very good friends. My dad is the superintendent of schools in Van Buren. Parise and I hang out sometimes, usually doing basketball stuff.”
“Mackenzie and Parise are both great athletes,” said Barbarula, whose Beavers will finish the regular season with three games in five days.