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Dragons Defeat Rebels

February 8, 2013
Carroll Athletic Booster Club

Southlake, TX - February 5, 2013 - J/K Horne

Some 10 months ago, the Carroll Dragons faced off against the Richland Rebels in a play-off game.  Richland came into that game with a gaudy 25-1 record, was averaging more than 3 goals per game, but barely escaped the Dragon Men one nil.  That was then; this is now.   For the first few minutes of Tuesday night’s rematch, the Dragons applied constant pressure.  Following a stretch of nice ball movement about 10 minutes in, Brad just missed on a nice strike.  With 22 minutes left in the half, Walker launched a corner that glanced nicely off Jack F’s head and then careened, unluckily, off the right post.  The “D” lived up to its reputation, with a great effort near the sidelines by Michael, who denied a Rebel’s offensive threat, and cleared the ball almost 180 degrees from the direction he was running to start a promising transition.   Off a long throw-in by Paul, Walker just missed with 19 minutes left.  Just a couple minutes later, Brad executed a perfect cross that Jack F headed powerfully off the goalie’s outstretched arms for a corner.    As the half waned, Paul made another great throw-in that found Michael, who volleyed it backward (hold that thought) to complete another Dragon threat.  The last 4 minutes of the opening stanza featured a textbook no-look pass from Winslow, a couple now-patented, defense-shredding runs by Tommy, a few promising crosses and shots, and both a brilliant free kick and a great-hustle defensive play by Tanner.


The Dragons kept up the pace in the second half.  Attempts at creative plays by the Rebs were routinely broken up by the Dragon “D” as Turner provided great field direction along the way.  Karl got into the action with some strong minutes, wreaking havoc on the Rebel mids by disrupting passes and tenaciously challenging each attempted advance down the field.   Jack P made a nice rainbow shot from 25 yards out that sent chills up the goalie’s spine, and then just a few minutes later executed a great cross that bounded in front of the goalie and across the face of the goal.  Ten minutes in, Logan made a nice defensive effort in our box to deny the opponent a promising look, while Tanner decidedly cleared another stray attempt out moments later, and then just a few minutes later could be seen speeding down the sideline into the opponent’s box for an excruciatingly close attempt.  Midway through the second half, Shane and Winslow made a couple tick-tack passes down the sidelines, evading defenders as they advanced, resulting in a deep throw-in that Michael almost headed in.   At the 23 minute mark, Jack F “ole, Ole, OLE’D!!” three defenders in succession and gave the Dragons one of their ten or so corners.  With 18 minutes left, Michael made the defensive play of the game, running down Richland’s 2012 MVP on a 1-on-1 play and stripping him of the ball.  On yet another Dragon corner a few minutes later, Michael (remember his first half exploits?) performed acrobatics worthy of Olympic acclaim in executing a scintillating bicycle kick that glanced off Shane and into the goal.  For the remainder of the half, Turner and the rest of the No Goal Patrol imposed their collective will on the Rebels, while the mids and forwards continued generating Dragon opportunities.  Carroll prevails one nil, and sanity has returned to the district standings. 

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