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While Thursday night was not the historic first victory for the Lady Panthers’ soccer team, it was definitely a step in the right direction. Carroll County fell 6-0 to Whitefield Academy at Panther Field, but Carroll Head Coach Greg Damron saw only positives in his team’s performance.
“Even though the score didn’t show it, tonight was a major accomplishment for us,” he said. “Our personal goals were met, our team goals were met. (We are) still in the building period, and we’re just going to stay at it.”
The Lady Panthers were on a two-week hiatus between games and used the time to improve on their fundamentals and their conditioning. The team has also endured a slew of injuries, so the time off allowed them the opportunity to heal and to slightly adjust their game plan to compensate.
“The girls really played their positions very well,” Damron said. “They spaced well, their passing was very good. We took a lot of shots on goal, which we had a lot of trouble in the first part of the season getting the shot on the offensive end, but tonight we did a really good job of doing that.”
Carroll County did a much better job working the ball up the field to their teammates, allowing for more scoring opportunities. Damron said he was really impressed with their shots on goal and the fact that Carroll forced Whitefield to drop a stopper in to the backfield behind the defensive line to help protect the goal.
“The official who officiated our very first game, compared to tonight and that first game, she said ‘You all have done great,’ so we’re on the right track. We just need to stay with it,” he said.
Senior night will be held Thursday against Martha Layne Collins High School with a JV game at 6 p.m., followed by senior activities and the varsity game.