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Lady Dragons off to quick start in playoffs

March 31, 2014
Carroll Athletic Booster Club

Posted Monday, Mar. 31, 2014


Carroll’s offensive blitzkrieg didn’t take a rest when the postseason began last Friday. The Lady Dragons began pursuit of a return to the Class 5A state tournament with a 5-0 rout of Arlington Lamar in the Class 5A Region I bi-district round.

Carroll advances to the area round and will play Odessa at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium. It will be the final game of tripleheader that will also include Keller and Keller Timber Creek.

The Lady Dragons (20-1-1) didn’t take long to begin the rout. No, really. Try 17 seconds. Off the opening kick, Carroll senior Payton Gruenewald intercepted a pass and fed a streaking Grace Cory, who scored on what turned out to be a breakaway.

Sometimes those quick scores can send teams in different directions. The team that scored can’t get complacent or turn it on even more. Carroll did that. But the team, which gave up the goal and was the decided underdog (like Lamar was) can mentally feel like it is 3-0.

Carroll maintained the pressure. Cory added a second and Allie Luna scored twice. Natasha Santamaria added the other score.

“We preached to the girls about a fast start,” Colvin said. “We’ve done a pretty good job starting in the second half but we were kind of so so in the first half. You couldn’t ask for a better way to get it going.”

Colvin believed the early goal definitely had an effect on Lamar because it put the Lady Vikings in a defensive posture. They just didn’t have the personnel to respond and mount much of an offensive threat.

Of course, the Lady Dragons have scored more than 90 goals this season so not many teams will have the personnel to match them.

A new venue

Carroll girls soccer has been to a lot of places in Texas. Several of those trips have been to West Texas. But none of those trips have been to Abilene.

For the first time in Colvin’s 13 seasons, Carroll will play in that West Texas community. Knowing very little about Shotwell’s layout, Colvin said he looked at pictures to get a sense of thing and talked to other coaches to see how fair the field turf played.

“I’ve never even been in Abilene before,” Colvin said. “We’ve driven through it but never been there. But everything I know about Shotwell seems to be pretty solid. We had Odessa in our tournament earlier this year. I wanted to go home and home on the playoff. But they didn’t so we were able to work this in.”

The first game of the tripleheader is Keller against San Angelo Central. Keller Timber Creek plays Odessa Permian in the second game.

College soccer at Dragon Stadium

Carroll’s Dragon Stadium will play host to a spring Division I girls soccer game between the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at 3 p.m. this Saturday. A crowd of about 2,000 is expected.

Adult ticket prices are $5. Students ages 5-18 are $2.

“We’re pretty excited to have this opportunity to show off the stadium,” Colvin said.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/03/31/5693832/lady-dragons-off-to-quick-start.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


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