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The Carroll County High School girls soccer team celebrated a momentous occasion Saturday night against Cooper High School, as eight seniors played in the final home game. Seven of the eight have been with the program since it separated from the boys team, making this the first four-year class of seniors. The seven four-year seniors are Angel Carbajal, Carley Hunter, Sierra Martinez, Alex Skirvin, Nicki States, Kaylin Wallace and Aleshia Winburn. Fellow senior Kayla Anderson is a two-year player.
“Very emotional night with eight seniors graduating,” head coach Greg Damron said.
Unfortunately, the Lady Panthers were not able to send the seniors out with a win, falling 8-0.
Cooper is always a strong team to play, Damron said, but he thought the girls did a pretty good job.
The Lady Panthers started slow, but improved as they got into the game, especially doing a better job of playing to feet. Everyone stepped up, but the seniors had added momentum since it would be their last on Panther Field. The eight seniors started and ended the game on the field together.
Damron said the team played a four-person defensive line and moved Wallace up to defensive stopper in hopes of getting her more offensive touches. Hunter and Winburn were responsible for taking up the slack with Wallace playing a more offensive role than usual. “They really had to step up, and they did that,” Damron said.
Damron said Wallace did a good job of making things happen for the team. Once Cooper figured out the new lineup, they started pounding the Carroll defense, forcing them to drop Kaylin back into her normal position as the last line of defense between the opponent and keeper States and the goal.
Ludlow wins, 4-1
The Lady Panthers made up a rainout game with Ludlow High School Saturday, Sept. 28. It also was the annual cancer awareness game, so Carroll County took the field in pink uniforms. Carroll County lost, 4-1, with the goal scored by senior Kaylin Wallace.
Damron said Ludlow has really improved. “They have a lot of speed and aggression in the midfield,” he said. “They were able to pull us out of position.”
Girls lose 4-0 in final regular season game
The Lady Panthers closed out the regular season with a 4-0 loss at Henry County Monday.
Despite the loss, Damron said his team came out strong and played well. The Lady Cats earned one goal, but the other three were “fluke goals” that bounced their way.
In the second half, Damron estimated that they kept the ball in Henry’s territory 60-70 percent of the time.
Teresa Garrett played well at her stopper position and seemed to finally buy in to “going through somebody.” Damron said she collided with other players and was “really putting people on their butts.”
Damron moved Kaylin Wallace up to striker from her usual defensive position and put Alex Skirvin on the wing. The defense tended to collapse on Wallace, leaving Skirvin open, Damron said. The girls took a lot of shots on goal, but could not convert.
Damron said Carley Hunter probably made more defensive stops than anyone else. She also came close to scoring on a direct kick. Damron said Satori Drake also did a good job at the center-midfield, putting pressure on Henry County.