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Dragons Tie Keller Central in District Opener

February 5, 2013
Carroll Athletic Booster Club

Southlake - January 29, 2013 - K/J Horne

The anticipation was palpable as the Dragon Men started district play against Keller Central on Tuesday evening.  Visitors all the way from Arkansas attended the match, and the be-jeweled soccer cap worn by our own uber-Team-Mom attested to the festivity of the event.  The Dragons started out strong, with the ball remaining on the “good” side of the field 75% of the time for the first 10 minutes.  With 27 minutes left in the first half, Tommy served a perfect over-the-top pass to a well-positioned Jack P who headed it in for the first goal of the 2013 district season.  A few minutes later, a stray ball rolled out on our back line, allowing a Central corner kick.  That errant attempt somehow glanced off the shin of a befuddled Central player for a score. 

Later in the first half, a quick throw-in by Winslow went to Shane, back to Winslow, and across to Jack F, then to Brad following an exhilarating run downfield for an ever-so-close effort.   With the scored tied at one early in the second half, Paul made a brilliant throw into the box that rattled around, seemingly for hours, but to no avail.  Eleven minutes into the final stanza, Jack F made a great pass to Jack P, who then made a series of stunning moves against the hapless defenders while rolling down the right side.   His lovely low cross skipped across the box and found Winslow, who convincingly blasted the ball into the net.  [Note: The field slide that followed is being re-examined by judges for technique, form, and difficulty following the perfect “10” that was preliminarily awarded.]   After an excellent defensive effort / transition initiated by Logan, another Jack F to Brad effort just missed the goal.   A few minutes later, a Central free kick from near mid-field glanced off the head of a startled Keller player and miraculously into the goal.  For the remainder of the half, the Dragon men pounded the Central defense relentlessly.  At one point, Tanner fed the ball on a transition up to Paul, who made a beautiful pass to a wide open Jack F at the top of the box.  He calmly maneuvered around a single defender and easily parked the ball into the back of the net.  While Dragon fans, the players, and even casual observers know otherwise, the AR saw it differently and lifted a flag.  Then with 8 minutes left, Tommy was fouled by an exhausted and frustrated Central player who rightfully received a red card.  The following few minutes were a chaotic frenzy of Dragon shot after Dragon shot, culminating in a free kick from just outside the box, and a Walker corner kick all in the final 45 seconds.  Though the scoreboard read two all as time expired, the rest of us mentally chalked up a three two Dragon victory.

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