Mackenzie Scholtz brings the ball down the field for the Louisburg Lady Cats. Scholtz scored a school-record 39 goals with a record nine hat tricks. She netted a school record 10 game-winning goals.

LOUISBURG — Lady Cat forward Mackenzie Scholtz only liked one thing more than scoring a goal this season — hats.

Well, hat tricks, that is.

Scholtz, who scored a record 39 goals in 21 games, opened the season with three goals in a 3-0 shutout against Bonner Springs on the road March 26.

She had three more goals the following day in the home opener, leading the Lady Cats to a 5-0 shutout against Tonganoxie.

She posted the hat trick in the first half of the game as the Lady Cats led 3-0 at the intermission.

Scholtz was named the Tri-County Spotlight Soccer Offensive Player of the Year.

“Winning the offensive player of the year was one of the best feelings,” Scholtz said. “I really put all my hard work into this season and really wanted to end the season strong and show everybody how much work is put into soccer.”

Scholtz played the game one way, 100 percent all of the time.

“I really left everything on the field each game and tried my hardest to make myself better each and every day,” she said.

Scholtz was the one who ignited the offensive attack, Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said.

“Mac was brilliant,” Conley said. “She was so good on the ball and played with such confidence.

“She made fantastic runs and had great anticipation,” he said. “Her finishing was spectacular and clinical. She played strong and played with a high motor. Mackenzie set some incredible records this year. I can’t wait to see what she does next year.”

Teams tried to stop her, but nothing kept Scholtz from putting the ball in the back of the net. She was quick and when she got the ball in open space, there was no stopping her from putting a shot on goal.

Scholtz scored 39 goals and had six assists to finish with a team-high 84 points. She also scored 10 game-winning goals.

She led the team in goals, points and game-winning goals.

It was a Lady Cats team that placed second in the state, won their fourth consecutive regional title and posted 17 wins on the season.

The Lady Cats were a talented group, Scholtz said, but they also played great as a team which made them a dangerous team to play.

“Our team also had such a great season,” she said. “We all had such great chemistry and we really knew how to work with each other to help make each other better.

“Winning with this team and breaking school records with them was honestly such a good feeling,” Scholtz said. “We all just got so excited and so happy for each other when we would win games and awards and stuff that showed the community and everyone how good we actually are. This team was the best yet, and it is going to be hard letting these seniors go.”

Scholtz scored the first of two goals in a 2-1 victory against Spring Hill at home on senior night, May 9.

She scored the second goal in a 2-0 shutout against Piper in the regional championship game at home May 17, marking the program’s fourth straight regional crown.

The Lady Cats punched their ticket to state with a 3-0 victory against Kansas City Christian at home May 21.

Scholtz scored two goals in the regional victory, putting one shot in the back of the net in each half.

Scholtz put the Lady Cats on top against Topeka-Hayden in the Class 4-1A state semifinal game in Topeka on May 25.

Topeka-Hayden tied the game, sending it to overtime, double overtime and then shootouts.

Schotlz scored in shootouts, and the Lady Cats held a 4-3 advantage after six shooters to win it 5-4.

Scholtz was first-team on the Tri-County Spotlight Girls Soccer Team and first-team All-Frontier League.

She was also the Louisburg Athlete of the Week after posting a hat tricks in a 3-0 victory at Bonner Springs and a 5-0 win against Tonganoxie.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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