WHERE ARE THEY NOW
September 4, 2013Rossville Middle High School
Cougars shut out Hornets
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 4:00 am
ROSSVILLE – The Carroll boys’ soccer team put Monday’s battle against Rossville away in the second half, scoring five goals in a 17-minute stretch to lead the Cougars past the host Hornets, 8-0.
With Carroll already leading 2-0 10 minutes into the second half, Elliot Packard put home a pass from senior classmate Justin Willoughby for a 3-0 advantage. Just four minutes later, Willoughby scored and completed a hat trick for a 4-0 lead. In the 62nd and 63 minutes, Willoughby and Packard scored, respectively, to push the Cougar lead all the way to 6-0. Four minutes later, Packard then completed hat trick of his own to make it 7-0 and the damage was done.
“The inexperience showed right there,” said Rossville head coach Joel Wilson. “We had one back out for this game. We were putting people in different positions at times. It was just a little bit too much as far as experience-wise. We showed heart and we stuck with it, but we didn’t generate any type of offense that we wanted to, to help out our defense there.”
Willoughby and Packard represented nearly Carroll’s entire offensive attack. Willoughby had four goals and two assists, and Packard had three goals and two assists.
“It’s more of just being aware,” Wilson said. “I told the guys before the game, 4 and 14, those are the guys, yet they’re the ones that mainly scored. We have to learn to see it, to know it and make sure we have bodies on those individuals that are most dangerous.”
Carroll’s (3-3) final tally came on a Rossville own goal, when Bailey Spear’s attempted clearance header went over goalkeeper Griffey Saylor’s head and into the net.
A key moment in the match occurred in the last minute of the opening half. It looked like the Hornets (2-5) would go into the half only trailing 1-0, but Willoughby slotted home a shot on a pass from Packard with nine seconds remaining on the clock.
Wilson said it’s the third time this season the Hornets have allowed a goal in the final 10 seconds of the first half.
“It’s one of those things that shouldn’t happen and hopefully won’t happen again,” Wilson said. “That’s taking the wind out a little bit. That just shows a little bit of our inexperience. We put our heads down and expect to just walk out the last five minutes. And we haven’t really come to grips that teams can take advantage and we can do the same thing.”
The Hornets finished with eight shots in the game, none on goal. The Cougars had 18 shots, 10 of which they put on frame.
Carroll’s first seven goals came against goalkeeper Austin Higbee, who exited the game with 13 minutes left. Saylor played the final 13 minutes in the net.
Despite the loss, the Hornets’ third straight, Rossville’s two wins on the season is still more than it has won in the last two years combined. When the Hornets are at their best, they’re connecting passes and move with each other, Wilson said.
“The first 10 minutes, we started putting combinations together and we looked good,” Wilson said. “Once the pressure gets put on by the other team, it seems we just stop playing to each other and we just kick it.”