Madison Mueller looks like she's enjoying her new digs.
West Forsyth's newcomer scored eight goals to lead the Lady Wolverines to a 25-4 win over North Forsyth on Monday night.
Mueller, who was named the Forsyth County News' 2015 Player of the Year after scoring 96 goals with South Forsyth last season, was suiting up for West for just the second time in a varsity game since deciding to join her best friend, Sarah Grady.
Grady was friendly with the ball, dishing seven assists against three goals of her own. The duo of Mueller and Grady, who have played club lacrosse together in the past, have West off to a hot start.
West head coach Seth Thompson has admired Mueller's early cohesiveness with his team.
“The best thing about Madison so far is that when she came over, it seemed like she had been here for four years,” Thompson said. “There was never an ego. It was a seamless transition. That's what this group is. Nobody cares about scoring more than anyone else, so it's a really good transition.”
“This is a great start, but we have a lot of work to do from here on out,” Mueller said.
West (2-0) has outscored opponents 45-5 to start the year, as Monday's in-county route came after a 20-1 victory over Norcross to start the season. It appeared West might double that score against North (0-3), taking a 17-1 halftime lead.
West won nearly every draw and looked unstoppable against North's defense, finding goal looks with ease. Mueller and Grady each earned hat tricks in the first half, while Kelly Guthrie finished the game with five goals of her own.
West also got goals from Brenna Harris, Ella Madson, Stephanie Duclos, Maggie Dickman, Jillian White, Lauren Doherty, Kate Pulliam and Allie Fagg.
“We've had a lot of girls come in and play,” Thompson said. “Freshman are getting time, juniors are blossoming. Everyone wants to get better.”
North was led by Corrine Thompson, who scored three goals, while veteran Julianne Chesna added one score of her own. Despite a busy day in the net, Grace Hanks had six stops for the Lady Raiders.
North's highlight was a 3-0 run in the second half, cutting the score from 19-1 to 19-4. North head coach Robert Kienle and his team walked off the field in good spirits.
“Playing a team like West, it allows our girls to see where they need to be and what they need to do,” Kienle said. “It's hard on the morale, but as long as you go in knowing if you keep working hard and fighting, that's what you want. The girls didn't quite. We're still just learning.”