Injury attrition has been the talk of the season for the Thomas County Central girls soccer team.
The Lady Jackets have endured two and a half weeks without its top scorers – the sister tandem of Jade and Kaeci Guyton.
Yet Central finds itself riding a two game win streak after Tuesday’s 3-0 home victory over Worth County.
New faces are emerging, and with those advents come a rise in leadership and direction.
“I’m hoping to see even more breakout performances,” girls coach Courtney Warner said. “They keep me on my toes until that whistle blows.”
Kaylee Shaver, daughter of esteemed Central football coach Bill Shaver, has been the most notable.
She’s scored every Central goal during the Lady Jackets’ brief win streak, a tally that reached six in a row on Monday.
“She’s been carrying our offense,” Warner said of Shaver. “The team leadership has really gone through her these past couple games.”
Rakel Brown, who had all three assists on Monday, is another name that has surfaced in recent weeks. Warner said Brown, a reliable substitute, has etched her name into the permanent starting lineup.
Central’s girls will need all the help they can get, as they remain winless in region play through ten games this season (6-4, 0-2). And they won’t have the Guyton sisters back any time soon – Kaeci is still recovering from mono, and Jade is confirmed to have a torn ACL and meniscus, which will sideline her the remainder of the season.
Central plays Cook on Wednesday and Thomasville on Friday, which Warner said should platform as two opportunities to improve before region play resumes next Friday at Northside-Columbus.
“I expect the girls to be a little jittery,” Warner said. “But hopefully by the time we get to Northside, they’ll be confident that the girls we have on the field will work and put in the effort to win.”