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Carroll’s season ends with loss in regionals

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By Tim Hendrick

Carroll County’s magical season came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Oldham County (9-9-1) in the quarterfinals of the 8th Region boys soccer tournament Monday night. Carroll County finishes its season with a record of 15-8-0.

Coach Ben Crutcher said he was so proud of his team. They battled all night against a very good soccer team. Oldham County is a very fundamentally sound team.

Oldham County played most of the first half on the Carroll County side of the field, putting pressure on the Carroll defense. The defense held strong for most of the first half when Oldham County scored its first goal at the 36 minute mark. Oldham followed it quickly with a second goal at the 39-minute mark.

Carroll’s best chance to score came very late in the first half when a shot by Brandon Stewart just sailed over the top of the crossbar.

In the second half, Carroll was able to penetrate Oldham’s defense a little deeper. But for the most part they were stymied by Oldham’s mid-field defense.

Oldham County scored its third goal at the 19 minute mark and the fourth goal was scored just two minutes later. Oldham added a fifth goal with 30 seconds to play after Crutcher subbed out his senior players.

After the match Crutcher gave praise to his seniors, Jacob Beach, J.D. Damron, Josh McCarty, Chase Osborne and Brandon Stewart. The seniors and the rest of the team have accomplished so much. A school record for wins with 15, a NCKC Conference Championship, the 31st District Championship, and the most goals scored in the region this year.

Crutcher continued that his team had a great run this year. “We are a young program, only 10 years old and actually only playing non-coed for the past three seasons,” he said. “The way the conference and the district shapes up for next year, we will be the ones with a target on our back and that is a challenge we welcome. The bar has been set higher and I hope to beef up the schedule.

The seniors are graduating more than 16 years of experience. Stewart has won a lot of awards and is in the top 25 in the state in assists, J.D. Damron has been scouted by a few schools, Jacob Beach, Josh  McCarty and Chase Osborne have played great defense all year, he said.

“Making the regional and hosting a regional game is huge for us and it will be with great pride when soccer hangs its first banner in the gym,” Crutcher said.