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Perez kick, C. Damron block in OT gives Panthers win
It took overtime and two series of penalty kicks, but the Panthers soccer team managed to pull out a 3-2 district victory over Gallatin County on the road Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“A win’s a win; we’ll take it,” head coach Ben Crutcher said, adding that his team (6-4) did not play very well coming out of the holiday weekend.
Carroll was down 1-0 at halftime, but junior Michael Hall tied the game up within the first two minutes of the second half off of an assist from senior Brandon Stewart. About 10 minutes later, senior Jay Damron scored on a free kick from about 40 yards out, 2-1.
However, with about three minutes to go, a costly error on a corner kick by Carroll gave Gallatin the window of opportunity to drive the ball straight down the field and tie up the game.
There was no score after two overtime periods, so the game went to penalty kicks. In the best of five, both were 4-5, with Hall, Stewart, Damron and junior Taylor Byrd hitting their kicks, and goalie Cody Damron blocking Gallatin’s fourth kicker.
With the game still tied, it went into sudden death penalty kicks, in which the teams must use the other five players on the field. Sophomore Denis Perez scored for the Panthers, and Cody Damron blocked Gallatin’s attempt to end the game.
With the win, Crutcher said Carroll will be no worse than a No. 2 seed in the district tournament as they remain undefeated. They will take on district rival Owen County Tuesday. Results were unavailable by press time.
Girls golf falls to Henry County
The Lady Panther golf team lost their match 218-241 at Henry County Tuesday, Sept. 4. Henry’s Maddy Hensley took medalist honors with a 44.
Hannah McMahan led the Lady Panthers with a 54, followed by Jadyn Bailey, 60; Ashli Childs, 63; Ciara Hamilton, 64; and Natalie Bennett, 72.
Volleyball defeats Owen in five
The Carroll County Lady Panthers defeated rival Owen County 3-2 on the road Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Lady Panthers muscled their way back from being down by as much as 11 points at one time to win game three.
Junior Michaela Culver had 8 kills, sophomore Kelly Layton had 7 blocks and senior Caitlyn Burke had 20 assists.
Soccer rests varsity, falls to Frankfort
With the grueling season beginning to take its toll, girls soccer head coach Greg Damron decided his varsity girls needed a rest. He decided to dress his JV team against Frankfort’s varsity squad Tuesday, Sept. 4.
JV played the first 20 minutes of the first half and about 15 minutes in the second half to give the varsity girls a much-needed break. The Lady Panthers had fought in a competitive battle Saturday against Owen County in the All-A and were slated to take on the Lady Rebels again Wednesday, Sept. 5 on the road. The team also had a handful of starters nursing injuries.
“I was proud of JV,” Damron said. “Varsity was in need of some healing, and I was proud of the way they stepped up.”
After the first 20 minutes, Frankfort was up 5-0 on the JV squad, but scored just one fluke goal on the varsity team in the final 20 minutes of the first half. The Frankfort Lady Panthers scored their final two goals against JV, but varsity was able to shut them out. Damron said after their limited performance, his varsity team is very excited for the Lady Panther re-match Wednesday, Sept. 19 at home.
Damron said Nicki States, Satori Drake and Angel Martinez each played particularly well in Tuesday night’s game.
The Lady Panthers rescheduled their match at Ludlow for Wednesday, Oct. 3. The JV will play at 6 p.m., followed by varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball falls to Dayton
The Lady Panthers fell 2-1 on the road to the Dayton Green Devils Wednesday, Sept. 5. Junior Michaela Culver had 5 kills, sophomore Karly Prosser had 4 aces and sophomore Kelly Layton had 7 blocks.
Lady Panthers over Lady Devils 3-1
Carroll County volleyball defeated Williamstown on the road Monday, 3-1, by game scores of 25-23, 25-16, 14-25 and 26-24. Ariel Hotfil and Michaela Culver each had five kills, while Megan Harris had 13 digs. Carroll (9-5) will take a week off for practice before competing again at Gallatin County on Sept. 17. They will return home the following day against Owen County.