Andover Central is playing its best soccer of the season right now, going 3-1-1 over the last five games. After starting the season with six straight losses, the Jaguars are now 4-7-1 overall and 3-1-1 in league play.
The highlight has been an upset of Maize South, ranked fourth in the Class 5A Southwest Region by the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association.
"We definitely got some things rolling now," ACHS coach Jamie Harding said. "The guys are starting to be a little more confident coming into the games."
Central 1, Maize South 0 (OT)
Jackson Waldrip scored the only goal of the game four minutes into the first overtime Oct. 4 at District Stadium.
The ball came into play off a corner kick, deflect off a few players and bounce toward Waldrip in front of the goal with the keeper out of position.
"I saw the open goal and … as soon as I hit it, I knew it was going in," he said.
The Jags pretty much dominated the first 40 minutes, doing everything but put the ball in the net. Tanner Conrad broke away several times but couldn't convert.
"We had our chances and stuff," Harding said. "We got Conrad up there, full of speed. We just got to get him to control that when he gets closer to the goal."
Both teams had their share of opportunities in the second half, and each came away equally disappointed. Central keeper Chad Brown made several great stops to keep the Mavs off the board.
"They put us under the gun a couple of times," Harding said. "I told my guys you got to dig down deep if you want to win these overtime games. That's what they did."
Central 5, Valley Center 1
Jared Whitcomb celebrated his return to action after missing two weeks with an injury by scoring twice Oct. 2 at Valley Center.
Whitcomb scored on a penalty kick and off an assist by Andrew Leigh. Andrew Annett contributed a pair of assists on goals by Wyatt Skibba and Conrad. The Jags first goal was unassisted by Matt Hamm, as they were up 5-0 at the intermission.
Dan Stephens stepped in at keeper for Brown, who was ill, and stopped four of five shots.
Central 1, Goddard 1
Despite what the scoreboard showed, Central probably should have won Sept. 27.
"ACHS dominated possession and play attacking, taking 28 shots (21 on goal)," assistant coach Greg Hewitt said.
Central 3, Eisenhower 0
The Jaguars recorded their second win of the season -- and first shutout -- Sept. 25 on the road. Hamm assisted on all three goals, which were all in the first half. Conrad scored twice and Annett once.
Page 2 of 2 - "Hamm had a good game on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball," Hewitt said.
Hutchinson 1, Central 0
This was a Sept. 24 make-up of a game in Hutchinson postponed because of standing water.