Carroll earns district No. 1 seed with win over Henry County

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By Kristin Beck

The Carroll County boys soccer team sits atop the 31st District heap heading into the district tournament. The Panthers defeated Henry County, 5-0, on the road Monday to clinch the No. 1 seed. They will take on the No. 4 seed on Monday, Oct. 14, in the tournament.

Who they will play will be determined Thursday, Oct. 3, when Owen County takes on Henry at home. The winner will become the No. 2 seed, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will be determined by a coin flip.

Coming off a loss to Owen Saturday, the Panthers were sluggish in the first half, but still were up 3-0 at the half, head coach Ben Crutcher said. The team improved its effort and intensity in the second half and played much better, he said.

“I was really pleased with our defensive line,” he said. “Guillermo Cruz did a great job, and David Marshall played great.”

Off the bench, Austin Crank came into the game and gave a great effort. He shut down Henry County’s best player and kept him from touching the ball in the second half, and Crank also saved a potential goal.

Marshall led the team with two goals, while Cruz, Michael Hall and Tyler Stewart scored one goal apiece.