LELAND — Libby Munoz is on a mission.
Leland's fleet-footed dynamo began her senior season with a chance to shatter Michigan high school soccer records across the board and genders, and Monday Munoz accomplished just one of the goals she has been working toward over four stellar years.
With a first-half hat trick against Kingsley (plus two assists), Munoz set a new MHSAA girls scoring mark with 196 career goals, surpassing the former mark of 195 set by Lake Fenton's Jordan Newman (2011-14).
"It's super exciting," Munoz said. "I've worked for a really hard time to get here. I've spent so much time on the field and the gym. It's so nice to know it's paid off. I love to play."
Munoz' three goals sparked the Comets (8-3, 5-1 Northwest Conference) to an 8-0 win, which ended just 7 minutes into the second half via mercy rule.
Three significant records remain for Munoz to chase over the remainder of the season — all-gender career goals (201), girls career points (290) and all-gender career points (296).
Aaron Chatfield of Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian (2009-12) holds the overall goals mark, but it will be the next record to fall should Munoz keep up her torrid pace. Munoz has 32 goals on the season already with at least nine games remaining on the regular season schedule.
"I always set goals for myself," Munoz said. "I reach a goal and I set another one. It's really cool to reach those and it's fun to create those for myself. I just expect a lot of myself. Getting there is rewarding."
Munoz assisted Leland's first goal during Monday's game with a well-placed corner kick that Mollie Grishaw planted in the back of the net.
The assists are just as crucial to Munoz' romp through the record books as her goals. She now sits 33 points behind Unity Christian's Laura Heyboer (2005-2008) for the girls mark and 39 behind Chatfield for the all-gender tally.
With the inclusion of at least one playoff game for the Comets, Munoz would have to average roughly four points per game to etch her name at the top of the list in each category.
"(The goals record) was nowhere near my mind, honestly," Munoz said. "Probably not until the end of sophmore year.
"I do really want to get to the boys record."
Several of Munoz' teammates cheered following her record-tying goal, and the entire Leland team celebrated when she eclipsed the record.
"It's great for those young girls to see it, be a part of it," Leland head coach Joe Burda said, referencing the youth of his team, which starts six freshmen. "It was evident by the cheers they knew it was coming. They have supported (Munoz) since day one. On the flip side of that, she has had a lot of big support for them too — a lot of encouraging words after games, win or lose."
Following Munoz' third goal, the game was paused momentarily to honor her accomplishment, and a game ball was delivered to her parents on the sideline as play resumed.
Perhaps Leland's next great scorer, freshman Grishaw netted a hat trick of her own plus an assist. Fellow freshman Mattie Burda scored Leland's final two goals to end the game after 47 minutes.
Jessica Pershinske added an assist for the Comets, and Kira Metcalf made seven saves in the net and recorded the shutout.
"We're growing," Burda said. "It's starting to click. They are producing. We're playing cleaner soccer."
Kingsley's Nicole Wierman made five saves, including an impressive stop on a breakaway by Munoz.
Leland hosts Suttons Bay on Wednesday.