JEFFERSON got three goals from Carolyn Carreno — all in the second half — as the Lady Dragons rolled to a 5-0 win over East Jackson Friday on the road.
The win moved Jefferson (7-1, 4-0) into a tie for first in 8-AA South with Jackson County.
Jefferson coach Todd Parker said his team isn’t focusing on the subregion standings.
“In practice, we never talk about being first-place in the region,” Parker said. “In our minds, we’re 0-0. That’s our mindset that we go in with.”
Carreno was moved to forward for this game and came through with the hat trick.
“When Carolyn puts her mind to it, she can do anything she wants to with the ball,” Parker said.
Jefferson led almost immediately in this battle of unbeaten teams in 8-AA South.
Stephanie Lamm scored in the third minute, and the Lady Dragons took a 1-0 lead into the half.
In the second half, Carreno gave Jefferson a 2-0 lead with a goal in the 54th minute, followed by Camilla Hernandez who scored in the 60th minute. Carreno added late goals in the 67th minute and the 76th minute as Jefferson picked up the comfortable win.
Parker pointed to the focus his team came out with in the second half, saying that his group “stepped it up” on its own.
“They did it all,” Parker said. “The coach had nothing to do with it.”
Jefferson added an out-of-subregion win Monday, beating nearby Banks County 9-1.
Lisa Plohmann led the offensive attack with two goals while Hannah Pasko, Stephanie Lamm, Shannah Malone, Carolyn Carreno, Reagan Sandy, Isabella Hisky and Amanda Flowers all added scores.
Lamm, Carreno and Camilla Hernandez all had assists.
Parker noted that goalkeeper Emma Pruitt “had an outstanding game.”