With 266 combined goals, Gordon, Mueller share one

Records were meant to be broken, not ignored. Despite being on the door step of a major milestone, Myrtle Beach High senior Tristan Gordon has been about as low-key as a soccer standout can be.

“I haven’t focused much on the record,” said Gordon, who is on target to set the all-time girls’ goal-scoring record for Horry County Schools, “but more on enjoying my senior year and the playoffs.”

The diminutive, speedy striker swings a strong foot for the No. 3-ranked Lady Seahawks, finding the back of the net 29 times this season to bring her career mark to 132. She is only two goals from tying the record, three from breaking it.

Adding to the drama is the fact that her coach, Blair Monroe Mueller, owns the long-standing record. When she was setting the mark at her alma mater, North Myrtle Beach, in the spring of 2005, Gordon was just starting to kick around the soccer ball.

“That was a long time ago,” said Mueller, who went on to set Coastal Carolina’s all-time goal record before going into coaching. “I was fast, but I don’t think I was ever as fast as Tristan is. The way she plays the game and her soccer knowledge, it’s been fun to watch her for four years.”

The feeling is mutual for Gordon, who said she is honored to be in the same company with her coach. “It’s pretty cool because I’ve always looked up to her because of all her accomplishments as a soccer player.”

For all of Gordon’s talents, Monroe said she is perhaps most impressed with her unselfishness. Rather than rolling up goals against lesser competition, Gordon spends many of those games cheering for her teammates from the sidelines, or practicing her passes to players who rarely get to score. She has 42 career assists.

“In a game the other night she had the opportunity to take a free kick and she said ‘No, let somebody else take it.’ If she was someone looking for goals, she would have taken it, but she really wants her teammates to get their chances,” Mueller said.

“She’s really humble. A lot of times she will score a goal and you have to say ‘Smile, Tristan, it’s OK to be happy. You did something good.’ It’s more about wins than goals for her. I think she will be happy just to have a successful senior year.”

For Gordon, that means one thing – a state championship. She has helped the Lady Seahawks advance as far as the Lower State Finals during her career, and she hopes to save the best showing for last – with or without the record.

“I think we have always had good teams at Myrtle Beach but this year our team seems to be especially talented,” Gordon said. “I think if we play well together as a team it’s definitely doable.”

Gordon hopes to put all the talk of individual records aside so the focus can turn to a deep playoff run. Ironically, she could set the record at home Thursday night against her coach’s alma mater, North Myrtle Beach. If not, the Lady Seahawks host Socastee on Monday.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

Comments

comments

Change is name of game for North-South All-Star tilt

Change is name of game for North-South All-Star tilt The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake Invite

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake InviteThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) spent the weekend in Rock [more]

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers Myrtle Beach High sophomore Emorie Knox hit a major milestone [more]

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior Nationals

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club standout Taylor Steele [more]

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE Over the summer, the Myrtle Beach players were gathered inside [more]

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championship

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championshipFacing fourth down and a sneaker, Green Sea Floyds coach [more]

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shots

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shotsThe St. James High boys basketball team won a thriller [more]

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk Walk

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk WalkThe Myrtle Beach High football team received a hero's send-off [more]

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival Socastee

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival SocasteeThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team doubled up rival [more]

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to state

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to stateMickey Wilson has led his team to state championship games [more]

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bids

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bidsWhat appeared to be a pair of lopsided affairs turned [more]

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoon

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoonGame time has been moved up a day for the [more]

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-on

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-onThe Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow [more]

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title game

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title gameAfter a thrilling 30-19 win by Appalachian State over Louisiana [more]

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. Cavs

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. CavsSouth Carolina football fans won't have to travel far to [more]

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against Irish

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against IrishThe College Football Playoff and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl announced [more]

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first win

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first winThe Conway High boys basketball team came down from its [more]

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch Myrtle Beach exorcised its biggest demon from the 2018 regular [more]

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state final

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state finalAs the clock ticked toward zero, Josh Slobodiak searched for [more]

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to Gamecocks

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to GamecocksZac Cuthbertson recorded his fourth double-double of the season, but [more]

Gunter tops seven Chants earning Sun Belt awards

Gunter tops seven Chants earning Sun Belt awardsCoastal Carolina football had three players earn all-conference accolades and [more]

Seahawks eye redemption in rematch with Hartsville

Seahawks eye redemption in rematch with HartsvilleThe film was nearly as painful as the game itself. A [more]

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OT

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OTThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team opened the season Tuesday [more]

Williams nets honor after carrying CCU to big wins

Williams nets honor after carrying CCU to big wins Junior guard DJ Williams of the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball [more]

Change is name of game for North-South All-Star tilt

Change is name of game for North-South All-Star tilt The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach