Gehlen Catholic junior Aurora Goebel joined some elite company when she recorded her 500th career kill in a straight-set sweep of MMCRU on Thursday night.
Goebel is the sixth Jay since 2006 to reach the mark joining Morgan and Miyah Whitehead, Steph Rohe, Katelin Langel, and the career kills leader in Katie Peters. She says, when she was getting close, she tried to push it a little too much, but she ultimately made it work.
The moment for Goebel was one of excitement but also gratitude. She emphasizes that her teammates put her in this position to be successful on any given night.
Her dad and head coach Dan Goebel has been able to enjoy coaching Aurora through her sophomore and junior seasons. He says this experience has been rewarding to watch her grow in many ways.
The family affair extends past Coach Goebel onto the court. Aurora got to play with her sister Cadence who graduated second in program history with 1,871 assists. Aurora says her family always supports her which has made this run that much more fun.
Coach Goebel says this milestone is reflective of the team’s success. He says it is nice for that to show in how she plays as well.
Last season, the Jays missed out on the state tournament by one match in the regional final. That was a deviation from the norm after making it to the big dance in the each of the last five seasons prior. Goebel and the Jays are on a mission this year to prove that last year was not the sign of what is to come and wants to prove the Jays are still the same team they have always been.
Gehlen Catholic will compete for the War Eagle Conference title on Tuesday night with a trip to second-ranked Hinton.