Randolph ended its season on a not-so-high note last year, finishing 5-13. But so far this season, the team has been improving, something that is being reflected in their 7-3 record after today's 3-2 win over Everett.
Makisha Germain recorded a hat trick in the win, setting Randolph's career record for goals in the process. The junior forward now has 22, breaking Kayla Whynsot's mark of 20.
Germain, a junior, transferred to Randolph during her sophomore year and by the end of the season, her teammates had voted her captain. Makisha is playing through a broken thumb wrapped in a cast.
Germain scored two first-half goals, changing the entire feel of the game for a Randolph team that fell to Everett in their last head-to-head contest. She scored another goal in the second half before Everett finally put one on the board. The Crimson Tide were only able to tally one more score, this with 65 seconds left.
When asked about what is working this season versus what was not working last year, coach Matt Tavares noted that his Blue Devils are playing more competitive teams and they have "strong returning players as well as strong freshmen."
The seven wins are Randolph's most since 1999.
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