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Mahar junior Delaney Parker becomes girls soccer program’s all-time leading scorer

  • Junior Delaney Parker, left, with coach Chad Softic, celebrates after becoming the all-time scoring leader for the Mahar Regional girls soccer team, Monday in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 9/23/2019 9:49:30 PM
Modified: 9/23/2019 10:39:54 PM

ORANGE — With a quick flick of her right foot and a well-placed shot to the left corner of the net, Delaney Parker became the all-time scoring leader for the Mahar Regional girls soccer team in a 4-0 win over Easthampton High School on Monday at the Woodward Complex.

Parker’s goal gave her 129 career points, eclipsing Jill Waters’ previous record. Waters is a 2009 graduate.

“I never imagined that I would be at this point,” Parker said. “I never expected to get this far in my career.”

Parker started her varsity career as a seventh grader for the Senators. With each season her scoring increased until last season’s outburst with 38 goals as a sophomore.

It was at this point when Parker realized that she could break scoring records.

“Last year or two years ago when I was scoring more and getting more opportunities,” Parker said, “I started racking up points.”

On the scoring play, Parker drove through the middle of Easthampton’s defense and faked left. The move made the Easthampton defender lean, and Parker shaded to her right to take the shot.

“That was a beautiful goal,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “That was a goal scorer’s goal. She can score in so many more ways this year. She is just a more dynamic player.”

The potency of Parker’s attack going left is well known, but the junior is scoring more going to both sides this season.

“I go left very often,” Parker said. “I’ve been working on going right more. It’s kind of complicated for me. I saw she was taking away my left side so I went in right. I saw the opening and I took it.”

Parker tied the record with an assist to Astha Bernard.

Parker settled a Micalyn Mailloux throw-in and centered the ball to Bernard, who scored.

Parker now has 87 goals and 42 assists for her career.

“Last year she would beat someone and then have to beat them again,” Softic said. “Now when she blows by someone she is getting to the net. She is strong enough now to strike the ball around the 18.”

After the record goal there was a brief stoppage to celebrate with her family.

There is one more milestone coming for Parker, joining her older sister Allyson as the only athletes in Mahar Regional history to score 100 goals.

“I just look for the opportunities and carry it when I can,” Delaney Parker said. “I beat the girls when I can, but I also look for the passes when I need to. I try to look for other options.”

Bernard had two goals with an assist for the Senators.

Bernard gave Mahar (6-0, 5-0 Pioneer North) a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.

A Gracie Rich corner kick bounced around in front of Easthampton’s net before Bernard collected the ball and scored.

In the second half, Carra Fitzgerald gave Mahar a 4-0 lead with Bernard assisting.

Fitzgerald’s shot hit the post, bounced around the line before hitting the other post and going in for the Senators.

Maddie Lloyd made eight saves for the Senators to capture the shutout.

Abby Coleman made 11 saves for the Eagles (2-3-2, 1-2-2).

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