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Gallatin defeats Carroll, 4-0

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By Tim Hendrick

The Carroll County girls soccer team held Gallatin County scoreless in the first half before being outscored 4-0 in the second half of the district match up Thursday, Sept. 18.

“The girls stepped up and played an awesome game,” head coach Greg Damron said. “... To hold them to four (goals) was a major plus for us. I really do think they were expecting to come in and 10-0 us.”

Gallatin kept the ball on Carroll’s side most of the first half and shots on goal were clearly in Gallatin’s favor.

“Mackenzi Hawkins was my player of the game,” Damron said. “For a first-year player, she has played like a pro. ... Some of the saves she made were really miraculous, especially that last one down there when it got behind her and she fell backwards on top of it. ... Gallatin was already celebrating as they thought it was a goal.

“... I’ll take 0-0 against Gallatin at the half everyday of the week,” Damron said about the defense in the first half.

“We did something different on the defensive line, as Shelby Ackermann was going to be a big part, not just scoring, but distributing the ball,” Damron said. “We marked her tonight, telling a girl on the D-line to follow her everywhere. ... That left us with Shay (Saulsberry), Rubi (Avila), and Sara (Anderson) to pick up Nichelson, Terrell, and Morse and they did a fine job with it.”

Gallatin drew first blood at the 36-minute mark on a goal by No. 26 and assist by Ackermann. Ackermann threaded through the Carroll defense for another goal at the 32-minute mark.

Gallatin scored on a penalty kick at the 25-minute mark. The scoring closed out at the 18-minute mark when No. 56 scored on a free kick that short hopped and then hand cuffed goalie Houston Lindsey.

One thing that Damron pointed out was Carroll played the ball to the side better.

“We tend to constantly play the ball in the middle of the field,” he said. “Wedidn’t do it as much as I wanted but we did do better.”

 “Carroll’s runs on offense attacks were a whole lot better especially there at the end,” Damron said. “We are used to one or two moving up with midfield trailing because they are playing a more defensive minded game...  We ended up with three or four running lanes …Getting midfield to run at the same pace as the offensive end (looked) really good tonight.”

Carroll has played well the last several games and looks to carry that momentum into district contests on the road against Gallatin on Sept. 23 and at home verses Henry on Sept. 25.

“We fought hard to the end,” Damron said. “I have no complaints.” “I placed it on the girls, talked to each one individually during the week saying I am depending on you, you gotta step up – its your ball game.”