With a defender on her back and the keeper trying to cut off her angle, senior Samantha Moxie used her left foot to swiftly send the ball off, and watched as it rolled 15 yards on its way into the side of the net. It was the perfect shot.
It also was the 100th score of Moxie’s career.
The East Carolina commit needed two goals on Tuesday to reach the century mark. She ended up scoring four times, for good measure, and led Edison to a 6-2 victory over Sayreville on Senior Night.
“I went out tonight and I knew it needed to happen,” said Moxie. “This has been a goal of mine since I was a freshman and I’m so happy I accomplished it on Senior Night. It’s been great to be out here with my team this season. We play our hardest and through that hard work I was able to get to 100.
“I’m so glad to bring attention to Edison because my team is amazing and I think they do a lot of the work and I’m just the one who finishes and scores. This is a whole team effort.”
Moxie joined the program four years ago, and made an impact from day one.
The talented forward scored two goals and sent out an assist in a 3-2 overtime win over South Brunswick in the opener in 2017. It was an unbelievable stat line for a rookie in a varsity debut.
That was only the beginning. Moxie scored 33 times that fall.
She came back as a sophomore and added 30 more goals as Edison finished 14-4 and won a division title. Last season, she came through with another 22 goals.
“She’s on a different level,” said Edison coach Christopher McKnight. “She can go to the next gear no matter how hard she is already playing. It’s when she’s not on the field that you really notice the difference. Her vision on the field is amazing and she always knows what to do. Having a player like her makes coaching a little bit easier.”
A couple of weeks ago, Moxie put together her first historic showing of the season, breaking Felicia Forsythe’s all-time record for career goals at Edison. Now, she’s put herself even further ahead in the record book and accomplished something no one else at Edison ever has.
It’s a moment Moxie will never forget. It’s also one that almost didn’t happen.
The Eagles are glad that it did, and it came on the perfect night.
“Over the summer, we didn’t know what would happen with the season,” McKnight said. “For her, I just wanted to see her get to that mark because you don’t see that very often. It’s the first time in school history. She broke the school record a few games ago and now she’s hit another milestone.
“I’m very happy we get to play this season and I am happy she’s had the start she has and the chance