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Sept. 12, 2011 was a historic day for Carroll County sports. On that date, the girls’ soccer program won the first game in their program’s history. The win came at the expense of the Owen County Lady Rebels, as the Lady Panthers rolled 5-1 at home.
“It was like we won the FIFA World Cup,” head coach Greg Damron said of his team’s reaction when the final whistle blew.
Damron said his team spent about 75 percent of the game on offense, attacking the Lady Rebel goal and took about 20 shots on goal. Nora Fremin led the team with two scores, while Lidia Jimenez, Kirsten Arvin and Alex Skirvin each scored a goal as well. Defenders Raenah Hawkins and Carley Hunter also tried to get into the action, taking a number of shots from midfield, one of which by Hawkins almost went in.
Carroll led 3-1 at halftime, and Damron said he reminded his girls not to be complacent or get too excited yet because he knew Owen would not give up. He was right and gave credit to the visitors for giving 100 percent effort the entire game.
“Nikki (States) really did a bang up job in goal and really pushed away some great shots,” he said of his keeper. “She did an amazing job in goal.”
Damron also praised his front line of Fremin, Arvin and Jimenez for doing a better job of working together and using their cross passes. Before subbing in Alex Skirvin, he said he told her that she couldn’t let up on the pressure and that he expected her to pick up right where the starting forwards left off. She didn’t disappoint. Within 15 minutes, she escaped on a breakaway and got “one of the prettiest shots” off and into the goal for her first varsity score.
The head coach also gave credit to Hunter for playing tough the entire game, even when she was being knocked around by the Lady Rebels. He also said Brittany Arvin worked hard in the midfield and took a couple shots, but could not connect.
As the time wound down, the players lined up on the sidelines, holding hands and exploded with happiness and excitement when the game was over.
“The whole team, they all did a fantastic job,” Damron said. “It was a beautiful thing to see.”