Nicole McClellan nets 50th career goal for Troy.

By: Brian Fees | The Daily Item | October 4, 2018

 

EAST TROY — Nicole McClellan entered Wednesday needing one goal to reach 50 for her career.

In the first half the pressure started to get to her at times as she had some shots go wide, or right at the goalie.

"I was thinking about it all day," McClellan said. "People were texting me all day saying good luck and I think it just got to my head and I just had to relax and let it happen."

The first half was a tough one for the sophomore.

"It was really frustrating, I was trying too hard," she said.

In the second half McClellan got back into her game, and the milestone came as she scored her 50th goal in Troy's 7-0 win over St. Joseph's Academy.

"It feels like a lot of pressure is off my shoulders," McClellan said. "I have been looking forward to it the whole season and to get it is a big accomplishment."

In the second half on Wednesday the sophomore knew what she had to do.

"I just thought to myself, I have to let it go, let it come naturally and it will happen," McClellan said.

Nicole made a pass across to her sister Riley for a goal in the second half, and she had a ball that hit off the cross bar.

The goal came with about 15 minutes left as Nicole cut through two defenders and fired home the shot.

With a tough matchup against Wellsboro on Saturday, the Troy standout wanted to get the milestone out of the way on Wednesday.

"We play a tough team on Saturday and it was nice that I got it over with today so I can take the pressure off and just play my game on Saturday," McClellan said.

It's been a milestone year for the McClellan family as Riley scored her 100th goal earlier in the year and now Nicole hit the 50-goal mark.

"It's really special and I'm really proud of her (Riley) and just having her is really nice," Nicole said.

To get 50 goals is special. To get it in her sophomore year made the milestone that much more amazing for McClellan.

"I never thought it would happen my sophomore year, but it's a really big accomplishment," McClellan said.

For the sophomore just being on the list of 50-goal scorers in school history is an accomplishment.

"I feel pretty special doing it, knowing not a lot of people have done it before, just knowing if you work hard enough it will happen," McClellan said.

To be on the 50-goal list with her sister is also big for McClellan.

"It's really cool, and we work really well together so it's really special," Nicole McClellan said.

Now that she has 50 goals, McClellan would love to one day join her older sister in the 100-goal club.

"I am going to work as hard as I can so hopefully I can get there," McClellan said.

Riley started the scoring on Wednesday at 38:30 and Emmi Ward made it 2-0 in the first half at 24:14, before Brianna Rathbun left the goal to score her second career goal, off a Riley assist, to cap the first half scoring at 4:58.

In the second half Riley got her second goal at 35:25 before Nicole hit her milestone with 14:36 left in the game. Anneliese Getola scored at 6:50 and Kendal Jenkins capped the scoring with 3:38 left in the game.

Troy had 35 shots in the game and St. Joseph's Academy had two shots.

Troy had 12 corner kicks and St. Joseph's had one corner kick.

Abby Bulick made 15 saves for St. Joe's and Troy had one save in goal with Rathbun starting in net.

 

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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.