By Steven Watkins
For the Forsyth County News
There was really no point in either game of Tuesday night’s doubleheader when either Forsyth Central’s girls or boys varsity soccer teams didn’t seem to be in complete control.
Both region wins shared a striking number of similarities, each resulting in a shutout over visiting North Forsyth, with multiple players on each squad scoring goals.
Led by senior Gavin Mitchell’s hat trick, the boys scored a pair of goals in each half, with Mitchell scoring the first, third and fourth goal for the Bulldogs.
“He’s a really quality player,” Central boys head coach Will Gifford said. “He just has a natural nose for the goal, to be honest with you.”
Mitchell scored the first goal for the boys midway through the first half, dodging a defender in the box with some slick footwork to put his team on the board.
“He just is a strong finisher,” Gifford said. “He has an opportunity to go play college soccer, and it’s very deserving because he’s a quality player.”
Uriel Romero added the second goal for the Bulldogs late in the first half, knocking in the rebound of his own penalty kick attempt.
“I walked up, and I was pretty nervous,” Romero said. “I shot it and obviously kind of had trouble there. The rebound came back, and I just shot it really hard and it went in.”
The girls grabbed a lead before the second minute, thanks to senior Jenna Uldrich’s first of two goals on what also would be the first of multiple corner kicks for Central.
“Basically, I just had to stay open and just look, especially to pass to my teammates,” Uldrich said, scoring both of her goals and adding an assist in the first. “We just had to combine, especially at the back post when the balls were crossed.”
Callie Fagan and Nicki Williams each scored a pair of their own, with Hannah Hamilton adding one as well.
Girls head coach Angela Camp was happy wither her squad’s performance, though didn’t waste an opportunity to coach her squad.
“Sometimes we were forcing the ball when we should have been switching the field,” Camp said. “Other than that though, we finally put a complete game together.”
Both Central teams maintained control of the ball for the most of the night, each repeatedly forcing clears by the North defense and each recovering the vast majority of them.
“Our girls stepped to the ball well, and just didn’t let it in the final third,” Camp said.
“I’m really blessed to have a great group of young men,” Gifford said. “It’s a great group of guys and they work really hard. The result tonight was just a product of the work that those guys have put in.”