Hayley Dowd has done it again. With a hat trick in the Tanners' 4-0 victory over Salem Wednesday afternoon, the Peabody girls' soccer junior forward set a school points record with 147.
Dowd, who had 144 points coming into the game, netted her second goal -- a penalty kick to the lower right corner in the 24th minute -- to tie her with former teammate Emily Manoogian, who set the mark with 146 points from 2007-10. Dowd's third goal helped lift the Tanners to 14-0-2.
"She can place the ball really where she wants it. She saw where the goalie was leaning towards and she went he opposite way," said Peabody coach Dennis Desroches about the penalty kick.
The record adds to the Boston College recruit's already impressive resume. Earlier this month, Dowd set the school career goals record with 92, and two years ago she set the state freshman goals record with 45. Dowd has also been recognized as an ESPNHS-All American.
With two more regular-season games and the postseason, as well as her entire senior year, Dowd could also break the school assists record of 68, which is within her reach, according to Desroches.
"That would be something nice to see her achieve," Desroches said. "Coming into this year knowing we just lost two of the best assist players Peabody's had [Manoogian and classmate Angela Ellison], Hayley's identified that. She's really looking to distribute the ball more than in the past, because we need to fill that role of play-maker."
In a way, Dowd transitioning to the role of table setter is her returning the favor Manoogian and Ellison did for her.
"There was excellent chemistry between them, especially on the soccer field," Desroches said. "[Dowd would] be the first to give credit to her teammates. That's the kind of person she is."
Dowd's impressive totals, offensive prowess and game awareness of the game didn't come out of nowhere. Desroches said Dowd continually puts in the hours on the field, around the gym and around the classroom.
"The thing with Hayley is her consistent play," Desroches said. "It's very rare that she has a down game and that's because of the work she puts in. What you see in a game is what she puts in during practice. Those records are broken as a result of the work the puts in.
"It's always nice to see the hard work a kid puts in pay off, and it's paid dividends for her."
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