The Thomas County Central girls soccer squad is riding its lengthiest win streak of the season after Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Cook.
The Lady Jackets have ousted its past three opponents – Fitzgerald, Worth County and Cook – by a combined 12-1 score.
Senior Kaylee Shaver, the emerging leader amid the absence of the Guyton sisters, Kaeci and Jade, has accounted for all but one of Central’s goals during that span.
“She has definitely stepped up to the plate and performed,” girls coach Courtney Warner said. “A lot of girls have admired how she’s worked up top. We’ve leaned on her heavily during this time.”
Warner added that Central’s offensive surge has stemmed from dominating the time of possession and building early cushions. The Lady Jackets again surged to a quick lead on Wednesday, this time taking a 3-0 advantage into the half before cruising to their second shutout win in just as many days.
“As a coach, it feels good to see the girls with the ball and not have those ‘heart in your stomach’ moments,” Warner said.“The girls are confident again, which is really everything that matters.”
The boys rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Worth on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over the Hornets on Wednesday.
Like the ladies, the Jackets jumped to a halftime lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Saul Rios notched a goal off his head in the early stages, and Eric Delaney followed with a breakaway score later in the half. Central added another goal in the final period, though it was reversed due to a foul in the keeper’s box.
“I think we came out a little more flat-footedthan we would’ve like,” boys coach Kristy Peeples said. “But I think a lot of that had to do with playing two games in two days.”