Jennie Marshall leads the Sac-Joaquin Section in goals scored, and the Beyer High forward is showing no signs of slowing down.
Marshall scored three goals — and just missed two more — as the Beyer girls soccer team cruised to a 3-1 Modesto Metro Conference win over Modesto at Modesto High on Tuesday.
Marshall and the Patriots (13-2-1, 5-0-1) remain atop the MMC standings.
It was a big game for the Patriots. They were coming off their only league blemish, a scoreless tie against Davis on March 20.
"Teams are always going to be gunning for us," Marshall said. "There were some nerves for this game, but you have to maintain your focus."
That focus, for Marshall, is scoring goals. She tallied her first about 10 minutes into the game when Samantha Garcia broke free down the right side, sending a line drive pass to Marshall in the middle. She redirected the pass into the net for a 1-0 lead. She added a second goal 15 minutes later.
Modesto (8-4-1, 4-2) was playing without two starters, forward Isabel Santana and goalkeeper Kara Bowers, because they were part of the school's "Every 15 Minutes" anti-drunken drinking program. Santana and Bowers were among the students randomly pulled out of class — symbolizing that a drunk driver kills somebody every 15 minutes — and weren't allowed to participate in any school activity after that.
"Plus, it's tough to win when you're playing the best player in the state," Modesto coach Josh Fritz said. "You can't give her an inch."
Modesto pulled to within 2-1 when Ellen Lee scored off an Erika McCutcheon pass two minutes into the second half. But Marshall — who nearly converted two other close chances — scored on a breakaway to seal the win.