After losing two straight games, the Central Regional boys soccer team was in need of a boost. And that's exactly what the Golden Eagles got, as they beat Jackson Liberty 2-0 on Monday in Jackson.
"The team played well and knocked the ball around a bit," Central coach Rob Bechtloff said. "A lot of the players had their best game of the year."
Senior T.J. DenBleyker scored both goals on assists by Rashid Zidane and Joe Pellicio in the nondivisional matchup.
The Golden Eagles (3-2) travel to Lacey on Wednesday for a key Shore Conference Class B South matchup with the Lions.
The Central Regional girls tennis team also shook off a couple of losses with a 5-0 victory over Manchester in a Class B South match on Monday in Bayville.
Senior first singles player Jaclyn Riddle earned her first victory of the season with a straight-sets victory over Erin Malast, and Hazel Guerrero (second singles) and Daye Ju (third singles) also won in straight sets.
The Golden Eagles (3-2) travel to Brick on Wednesday. They beat the Green Dragons 4-1 in Central's season opener at home, and you can bet Riddle will be looking to avenge her three-sets loss from two weeks ago.
The girls soccer team improved to 4-0 with a 4-1 nondivisional victory over Jackson Liberty in Bayville, powered by freshman Amanda Carolan's hat trick.
But Carolan's hat trick overcame what coach Kristee Paknis felt was a lackluster effort by the team.
"We cannot wait until the final 15 minutes to play the game," Paknis told her team after Monday's victory. "If you want this season, you need to find that fire within yourselves, that desire to win."
"We're not playing with intensity," she said, noting that Jackson Liberty took a 1-0 lead early in the game and held it until the 65th minute, when Carolan began her scoring barrage.
The freshman scored twice on powerful shots from outside the 18, where she drove the ball into the far side of the net out of the reach of the Jackson Liberty goakeeper. She sandwiched those around a Jackson Liberty goalkick gone awry that Carolan collected and put home.
Samantha Jensen tallied the fourth score less than 10 minutes later when she carried a ball deep into the right corner and delivered a strike out of the keeper's reach.
Central faces its biggest test of the season on Wednesday when the girls host Lacey, which is neck-and-neck with Central in the B South race.
In girls volleyball, the Central Regional Golden Eagles suffered losses to Point Beach, 25-15 and 25-14 on Monday.