Blame the national anthem singer?When you’re the hunted, like the Carroll girls soccer program is, you expect to receive everybody’s best attempt. That reaches a new level in the playoffs.So when the Lady Dragons (25-2) opened the playoffs last Friday against Arlington Lamar, they walked into Dragons Stadium with a crowd about five times larger than they normally see and watched someone – instead of listening to a canned recording – singing the national anthem.“You try your best mentally to prepare and just be ready to go,” coach Matt Colvin said. “But when they walked on the field and looked at the home side, there were a lot more things going on than the usual.”Carroll nearly scored within the first 26 seconds, when Grace Cory had a touch pass, but couldn’t finish despite the Lamar keeper mishandling the ball. The pace of play was a little tense before Cory scored late in the first half to give the Lady Dragons a 1-0 lead.A much more relaxed team put the game away in the second half, 3-0. Carroll advances to the area round and will meet El Paso Franklin at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium at noon on Friday.“At halftime, I just told them to take a deep breath and treat this like this is just another game,” Colvin said. “We came out in the second half and played like ourselves. We were being very patient and not forcing the issue. We forced Lamar to defend the field.”Colvin plays travel agentThere is a philosophy when it comes to how certain programs treat roadtrips. Carroll is used to travelling the night before a game and then playing the next day.That’s what Colvin would like to do when the Lady Dragons head to West Texas. Colvin was grappling about whether the team would drive over 300 miles on Friday morning and then play or come out on Thursday.“We’ve never done that,” Colvin said of traveling and playing the same day. “When we went to Georgetown, we went down the night before. It sounds like El Paso may do that. But I think that’s dangerous. I think we would leave on Thursday and then travel back after the game. I don’t have a problem getting back early the next morning.”If Carroll defeats Franklin, it would advance to the Region I quarterfinals where it would play the winner of Keller Timber Creek vs. San Angelo Central.And it goes on and on and onCarroll’s injury situation still hasn’t changed from last week. But the program got a scare following the win over Lamar.Sophomore forward Kaylon McKelvey (stress fracture) was expected to see her physician on Monday and receive another x-ray. The report on the March 27 visit showed that the foot was healing as well as hoped. Therefore, McKelvey didn’t play against Lamar.There is hope that the latest visit would be favorable. Colvin isn’t ready to declare McKelvey out for the rest of the playoffs.Team leading scorer senior forward Sophie Groff (tweaked LCL) provided the scare in the second half against Lamar when she was pushed and fell to the field, landing on her right arm.Initially, there was the fear she could have broken it but a Saturday x-ray was negative. She should be ready for El Paso Franklin, Colvin said.