Central Catholic midfielder Kylie Regan of Atkinson isn’t just a star in the classroom (No. 2 in her senior class). She also is a star offensive player for arguably the best soccer program (boys and girls included) in this area.
Regan, who scored nine goals all of last year, has six goals through four games, leading the Raiders to a 4-0 start. Central is dominating the early season. It has outscored its opponents 20-1.
“I did a lot of conditioning over the summer,” Regan said, “kind of working to make myself more of a leader on the team and just being more physically fit and ready to go for the season.”
Regan worked out with Boston Breakers defender Julie King.
“She did help me with my game,” Regan said. “Mostly it was a lot of conditioning and leadership things to help me become a better leader and captain. She just kind of gave me more of a mental push.”
Regan — whose sister sophomore Sarah Regan is a defender on Central’s varsity squad — is looking at several colleges, including Dartmouth, Tufts and the University of Richmond.
“I definitely work very hard for my grades and everything,” Regan said.
Depending on where she attends college, Regan might try to continue with both her soccer and track careers. Regan runs the mile (5:13) and 800 (2:17) during track season.
Regan and Central lost in the Division 1 North final to Beverly last year when the game was decided on penalty kicks after two scoreless 10-minute overtimes. It was the Raiders’ only loss and a source of motivation entering this year.
“It definitely affected me and the rest of the girls,” Regan said. “It definitely motivated me over the summer. I want to build on that because I think it kind of left a bad end to the season even though we had a great season before that point. We don’t want that to happen again. We’re looking for a better end to this season so we all worked really hard this summer.”