Carroll girls soccer coach Matt Colvin knows his team isn’t going to score 13 goals in two games like it did in the last two games of the regular season last week.
But there’s nothing like having everything clicking at the same time as the postseason begins. And that’s saying something because Carroll’s offense has scored more than 80 goals this spring.
The Lady Dragons (19-1-1, 13-1 in District 4-5A) wrapped up another district title as they throttled both Keller Fossil Ridge, 9-1, and Haltom, 4-0.
With the first half of this week idle, Carroll doesn’t begin pursuit of another return to the Class 5A state tournament until Friday. The Lady Dragons meet Arlington Lamar in the Class 5A Region I bi-district round at 6 p.m. at the Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills. If Carroll wins, it wouldn’t play until the following Thursday (April 3) or Friday (April 4).
“What I like is that we are continuing to create a lot of chances,” Colvin said. “The movement on the final third of the field has been really really good. I think we have our people doing exactly what we need to give us opportunities.”
But soccer is sometimes like basketball. If a team can find a way to shut down the top two scorers, then it becomes pretty difficult to be successful offensively.
So the emergence of sophomore forward Allie Luna last week was an encouraging sign. After going through a scoring drought, Luna scored against Haltom. But she’s remained one of the more proficient players because she has 15 assists this year. Combine her with Grace Cory and Danielle Dennis and this offense should be tough to neutralize.
“I like the fact that she’s getting into a rhythm and playing some good soccer for us,” Colvin said. “Just having that third option is going to make us a better team moving into the playoffs.”
Scouting reports are always kind of odd because this game is about match-ups. Keller had success in its two meetings with Carroll because it squeezed the middle of the field, limiting scoring chances.
It will be interesting to see if other teams will have the personnel to do the same thing, or just try to do something different.
“The preparation that we have will be important,” Colvin said. “But that really falls on the leadership of this team.”
Now it’s six
With this outright district championship, Carroll now has six under Colvin. The others were in 2002, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2013. District championships are never to be taken for granted, because there is plenty of competition. Colvin has stressed that fact to his program.
“These are things we are very proud of,” Colvin said. “It’s a goal we have every year. This is a team that has just learned to play very well together.”
Sizing up Region I
Carroll will be the favorite in the region to return to the Class 5A state tournament April 17-19 in Georgetown.
But there will be some serious competition coming out of District 5-5A in Flower Mound Marcus, District 6-5A in Grapevine, District 2-5A in Odessa Permian and District 1-5A in El Paso Socorro.
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