The pressure was on.
After scoring her 99th career goal in a game against Smyrna on Tuesday, May 2, and headed into a division matchup against Laurel on Thursday, May 6, expectations were high for Indian River High School senior forward Maddie Hogsten to become only the second player in Indian River High School soccer history to reach 100 career goals.
The Salisbury University-bound All-State selection would see two early chances in that game, sending shots just over the crossbar on both occasions.
Then, in the sixth minute, the third time would turn out to be the charm, as Hogsten took a ball from a Laurel defender and started off on a footrace toward the near pipe, burying a rolling shot past the keeper and cementing her place in the Indian River record books for all time.
“As soon as it went in, everything just relaxed,” said Hogsten of the week’s particular hype. “Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to score on that one, but I got by my defender and just kicked it toward the net, and it went underneath her feet.”
Hogsten also scored her 101st and 102nd career goals in what would end up being a 9-0 victory for the Indians, as she continues to chase yet another program record: 114 career goals, set by IR grad and current University of Richmond freshman Brooke Beam.
It was Beam who first reached the milestone as a senior last season and who inspired Hogsten to go for the mark herself: “100 never crossed my mind until Brooke got it,” said Hogsten. “As soon as she got it, I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I’ve always looked up to Brooke.”
“I’ve never dealt with this kind of accomplishment, until last year with Brooke, and now Maddie is at the same point,” said IR head coach Steve Kilby, who had coached both Hogsten and Beam since their days at the River Soccer Club. “I think they’re both special players, and they both have a great amount of ability and skill. That’s how they are where they are now.”
To add to the excitement of the night, some future hopeful 100-career-scorers were in attendance to witness the historic event, as players from the River Soccer Club got a chance to showcase their skills at halftime of the game and join in the celebration afterwards.
“That’s my favorite part, especially when they come out here and play,” said Hogsten of her hope to inspire some of the younger player similarly to the way that players such as Beam inspired her. “I remember when I was there — I was so excited to play in front of the high school girls.”
Both an All-Conference and All-State selection since joining the team as a freshman, Hogsten still has a few more checks to mark off of her list of both individual goals and team goals before her career with the Indians comes to a close and her career in the NCAA begins.
She hopes to follow in the footsteps of both Beam and 2011 IR grad Caitlyn Forte by drawing consideration for Delaware state Gatorade Player of the Year, and the footsteps of her cousins Matthew and Steven Hogsten as a Top XI selection. (Matthew Hogsten was also named Delaware state Gatorade Player of the Year during his senior season at Dover High School.)
While the individual accomplishments are on her radar, her main goals this season are all about the team — hoping to lead the Indians to their fifth consecutive Henlopen South division title, second Henlopen Conference title during her career at IR and first-ever DIAA state championship, after the team made it to the title game the past two seasons.
“There’s a couple more personal goals that I have this season, but I’m more focused on our team goals, of course,” said Hogsten. “We’re going for the Southern Division, then the Henlopen Conference. Then, hopefully, we’ll be getting into the finals and going for a state championship.”
Now with 102 goals on her career, Hogsten needs 12 goals to tie Beam’s all-time scoring record and 13 to surpass it, with five regular-season games and the playoffs left to go.