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Monday night’s district match-up against Owen County was more than just a soccer game. The Lady Panthers players and coaches sported pink uniforms and the initials “BH” in Sharpie on their hands in support of Carroll County Cancer Awareness Night.
“BH” stands for Brian Hedges, the soccer program’s booster president who is battling cancer. Head coach Greg Damron said he told his team that when they get frustrated or aggravated or feel like giving up, they should look down at their hands and think about Hedges and how he gets frustrated and aggravated and maybe wants to give up too, but he doesn’t.
Along with all of the festivities, there also was a soccer game.
The Lady Panthers continued to be down some of their starters due to injury, but they hung tough with the visiting Lady Rebels, losing 3-1. Lyndie Burns scored Carroll’s only goal after a cross near the goal bounced off another player and she was there to stick it in the back of the net.
“We did a really good job defensively,” Damron said. “We got the ball to the ground, tried to play to feet.”
He said the girls did not give up any 50/50 balls in the first half and have been making better passes. “It’s a lot better played soccer, but it is still a third year program,” he said. His team stands at 1-10 on the season, with five regular season games remaining.
With multiple starters out, Damron did some rearranging with his lineup. He started Alex Skirvin and Satori Drake on the front line to use their speed. Damron complimented Drake, who mostly plays JV, on pushing the Owen County (3-12) defense with her speed.
In the midfield, Sierra Martinez and Lidia Jimenez played wide, with Kelsey Wallace and Burns in the middle. On the back line, Alecia Winburn joined regular starters Carley Hunter, Raenah Hawkins and Kaylin Wallace. “Alecia has really come into her own,” he said. “She’s talking … (the defensive line) is pleased to have her on the back line.”
With goalie Nicki States among those on the injured list, Damron has been experimenting with different players in the goal who have some past experience. Monday was Teresa Garrett’s night, and Damron said she stepped in and did a good job.
Overall, Damron was pleased with his team’s effort, and especially how the JV players have stepped up.
The Lady Panthers next game is at home against Frankfort Wednesday, Sept. 19. It also is Carroll County Animal Support night, and fans are encouraged to bring a can of dog or cat food along with their admission. Varsity will play at 6 p.m., with JV following at 7:30 p.m.
Senior night will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 against Whitefield Acadamy.
Girls soccer 0-2 at Grant Co. tourney
The Lady Panthers traveled to Grant County last weekend for the Dry Ridge Toyota Classic. Three teams competed in the event, one less than originally planned after Pendleton County dropped out.
Carroll played the host Lady Braves in their first game. Despite having a number of starters out due to injury, the girls played them closer than earlier in the season. The team lost 4-0 compared to 7-1 in late August.
Head coach Greg Damron said his team played conservative, tight ball with a lot of midfielders. When the girls made a break for the goal, everyone went. “We truly aggravated Grant County in their own tournament,” he said.
About an hour and a half later, Carroll took on a very strong Thomas Nelson High School team. Damron played more of his JV players, and the team was mercy-ruled, 10-0.
Carroll had three players named to the All-Tournament team: Raenah Hawkins, Carley Hunter and Sierra Martinez.
Damron said Hawkins played an excellent game, despite having a migraine. Hunter played outstanding, he said, taking on a lot of the bigger girls on the opposing teams.
Martinez, an outside midfielder, had the ball on her side of the field for the majority of the game.
“She was so active and so involved and gave it all she could both games,” he said.