Yellow Jackets cruise past Northside on the pitch

Feb. 26—THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central took on Northside on Friday and secured a pair of solid victories for the boys and girls squads. The girls won in an 8-0 shut out and the boys took home a 7-2 victory that began with four penalty shots.

For the girls, they were expecting a victory and so focused on getting everyone in for some live action. For any team that can string together eight goals, it's important to take the opportunity to get your bench players valuable minutes on the pitch.

"We kind of felt like this game was going to go our way pretty smoothly, so our concentration leading into that game was to try and just make sure we kept our intensity up and kept playing at a fast pace like we've been working on doing this season," said Central head soccer coach Tony Voyles. "The girls did a really good job of that."

The girls had six different goal scorers against Northside as Mikayla Voyles, Addie Vickers, Paige Parkerson and Ella Coffee each netted a goal. Bailey Maroney and Jordyn Tillman each had two goals in the game.

The Lady Jackets are off to a great start this season, so far going 5-0.They have shut out their last four opponents and have scored 30 goals in just five games. The girls' focus right now is to win the region, which would allow them to host two playoff games minimum. It's something that Voyles believes will help get them over the second round hump they stumbled on last year. They have set themselves up well for a region title. A win over Veterans on Friday will give the Lady Jackets a win over every team in the region and put them on a path to a number one seed.

The boys secured a 7-2 victory and were able to get some bench players good minutes, but not before a wild start to the game. Within the first 20 minutes of play, four penalty shots were called. Two for Central and two for Northside. Each squad went one for two on their shots, but it was Northside's last penalty, which they missed, that turned the tide in the Yellow Jackets favor.

"It seemed to deflate them and we scored shortly there after and that made the game 3-1. We just kind of went off from there," Voyles said, "The other team put their heads down and we were pressing them really heavily and winning the ball up the field."

The Yellow Jackets had five different players score as Lee Duvergel, Brayden Vickers and Bowen Hurst scored. Dylan Wilder and Oliver Perez were able to net two goals each. The win pushed Central to 3-1-1 on the season.

Both squads for Central will take on Veterans in their next contest on Friday. The girls will kick things off at 5:30 p.m. with the boys game to follow.