On Thursday, April 15, Rome High School women’s soccer player, Mae Pierce, was recognized as the All-Time Leading Scorer for the Wolves.
The record was originally set by Wolves’ Head Coach, Jessica Hewitt, with 45 total goals scored across four seasons. Hewitt’s record was eventually broken by Jessie Reed in 2001 who scored a total of 116 goals across four seasons.
Pierce scored 26 goals her freshman year, 33 goals as a sophomore, 25 goals in half a season as a junior (due to COVID) and 36 goals so far to cap out her senior year, with two or more games left to add to that total. She breaks Jessie’s record as she boasts an incredible 120 goals scored across four seasons.
Standing centered on the track at Historic Barron Stadium, Head Coach Jessica Hewitt presented Pierce with her home jersey to commemorate this incredible accomplishment.
“I remember being four-years-old watching my dad play soccer and really wanting to play, too,” smiled Mae as she reminisced on her soccer career. “I never thought that I would end up here, being named All-Time Leading Scorer. It’s crazy!”
“I love my team and couldn’t have done this without them,” smiled Pierce.
“We are really, really proud of her,” said her parents, Bryan and Krista Pierce. “She truly is such a wonderful soccer player, but the amazing thing is that her identity is not wrapped up in it.”
Both Krista and Bryan played soccer as well, so it is only fitting that Mae follow in their footsteps to achieve this goal.
“Mae has been so fortunate to have great soccer coaches along the way, and we couldn’t thank them enough for helping to shape her into this all-around great human,” smiled Bryan.
“I am so proud of Mae!” said Hewitt. “When she joined our program her freshmen year, I knew she was going to be someone special. She finished that year with 26 goals, which is so incredible. I had a thought in my mind then that she would do this.
She continued, “And she might have done it last year had we been able to finish our season. We are all just so proud of her and are definitely going to miss her next year. We have some big shoes to fill.”
Mae has yet another chance to increase her goal count this Thursday, April 22, as the Lady Wolves prepare to face Buford High School in first round of the State Playoffs.