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Lady Panthers hang tough against Frankfort

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By Kristin Beck

Despite missing a few varsity starters, the Carroll County girls soccer team held tough with the visiting Frankfort Lady Panthers, losing 1-0 Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Carroll head coach Greg Damron said both teams were suffering in numbers because of injuries, so they decided to play the varsity game first. Key starters goalie Nicki States, Kirsten Arvin and Jordan Bailey all sat out the game, so Carroll’s JV players filled in the holes.

Both teams had multiple shots on goal in the first half. About 10 minutes in, Lidia Jimenez passed a through ball to Alex Skirvin, but was tripped up by a Frankfort defender. About two minutes later, Skirvin returned the favor to Jimenez, who took a shot on goal, but it was blocked off the face of the Frankfort goalie.

The Frankfort Lady Panthers got the ball in Carroll territory and took a couple shots, but fill-in goalie Teresa Garrett made the saves.

The two teams were very physical, with multiple players falling and having to temporarily leave the game.
The game remained scoreless until about eight minutes remaining. Carroll struggled at different points during the night with the midfield and leaving agap between the strikers and the midfielders. Frankfort took advantage of the open space as Tika Shaw dribbled the ball into Carroll territory and scored the only goal of the game, 1-0.

“Considering the personnel we had out there and the way they played, I was happy,” Damron said. “We had our shots on goal, we had our opportunities, we just couldn’t capitalize.”

Damron hightlighted the play of Raenah Hawkins. “Raenah just really gave it everything she had tonight,” he said. “She went down a couple times … and she mustered up the heart to get back up. It’s her senior year, and she’s been playing phenomenal these last couples games.”

The head coach said Garrett took a lot of shots on goal and did a good job as the temporary goalie. He said defender Carley Hunter did a great job, and even though she hit the ground more than normal, she got right back up and kept playing. Damron also said Jimenez and Skirvin had better opportunities to score against Frankfort and had some good looks at the goal.

Overall, Damron said he is happy with his team’s progress. The girls understand the mechanics of the game and are making better passes and playing less “kickball.” The one thing they are lacking is finesse.

“When we make drop passes, they’re either too light or too hard,” he said. “It’s the finesse we need to learn … really, I think we’d be OK.”