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Carroll County soccer teams fall in All A
Panthers soccer was one-and-done in this year’s 8th Region All A Classic, as both the girls and boys teams lost to Walton-Verona Thursday, Sept. 5.
The girls lost 3-0, but head coach Greg Damron said he could not be any happier with his team. They played together as a unit and was able to hold a conference powerhouse to three goals, he said.
The Lady Panthers played a very defensive game and took their opportunities to strike whenever possible. Damron said the coaches told the girls to stick with their mark on the defensive end and to switch fields as often as they could. The team responded. On their offensive attacks, the defensive line moved up to keep the ball on the Walton-Verona side of the ball. When the Lady Bearcats headed back the other way, the Lady Panthers did a good job of falling back and picking up their marks.
Walton-Verona took just 10 shots on goal, while Carroll took three.
The Panthers lost 4-1. Head coach Ben Crutcher said the team lacked effort and intensity and did not come to play. Walton-Verona wasn’t better, but they outplayed and outhustled us, Crutcher said. “They deserved to win.”
Freshman David Marshall scored the Panthers’ lone goal.
Lack of experience has contributed to the team struggling to find out who they are, he said. The players are learning the hard way that they need to bring hard work and high intensity to every practice and every game to be competitive, Crutcher said.
Junior Dennis Perez was named to the 8th Region All A tournament team.
Carroll takes third in Two Rivers tourney
For the first time in five years, the Panthers did not win the Two Rivers Invitational, which they hosted Saturday. Instead, that honor went to Campbell County, who defeated Carroll and Whitefield Academy to win the championship.
The game film from the Panthers 8-1 loss to North Oldham Aug. 27, arrived in the mail Friday night. The team spent Saturday morning in head coach Ben Crutcher’s office watching the first half of the game, learning where they are and what areas they can improve.
Crutcher said the team played with a much better sense of purpose and intensity. They got to open space, talked and made better passes, he said.
The Panthers trailed 2-0 in the first half, but cut the lead to 2-1 by halftime. Early in the second half, Carroll tied the game. The score remained tied until about 12 minutes to go when the Camels scored, 3-2. The visitors added their last goal about seven minutes later. Crutcher said Campbell County was much improved over last year.
Senior Michael Hall and freshman Guillermo Aguazul scored for Carroll County.
Whitefield Academy defeated Henry County, 2-0, pitting the Wildcats against the Panthers for third place.
The Panthers came out against Henry County with the same intensity and effort, Crutcher said, winning 7-2.
The Wildcats were very aggressive at times, and head coach Bobby Jameson and a player both received yellow cards.
“I was very proud of my boys for not reacting to their elbows and other reckless behavior,” Crutcher said.
Hall scored three goals, while seniors Cody Cruz and Mark Ogburn each scored two goals.
“Overall, I’m pretty happy with the team’s effort over the weekend,” Crutcher said. “It was much improved over the last week and a half.”
The Panthers head coach said his team still has areas to improve, including their spacing and different situations.
Crutcher said being able to watch the game film and break it down with the team was so beneficial that the team is going to use its extra money to purchase video recording equipment to film home games. “We found that really helped this weekend to show the players where they are making mistakes on the field,” he said.
Hall and junior Dennis Perez were named to the Two Rivers Tournament team. Hall is ranked No. 2 in the state in goals scored with 25 and in the top 15 in assists at 5. He and Perez both play really hard, Crutcher said.
“Dennis is our back bone on defense,” he said. “Without him, we would give up more goals than we actually do.”