Dragons fall to Marcus, capping stellar season

Posted Monday, Apr. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The season came to an end for the Carroll boys soccer team last week, but not before an appearance in the regional finals in which the Dragons scrapped it out until the very end against perennial powerhouse Flower Mound Marcus.

Coach Greg Oglesby said he was very pleased with his team's effort in the game and said his team showed real poise by continually rallying to keep the game close.

“It was a tremendous game,” Oglesby said. “They scored two good goals eight minutes in, and we were playing catch up from that point. It is difficult to play from behind against a great team like that, but man, we did. We got it back to 2-1, and then they scored, and then we got it back to 3-2.

“Then they scored on kind of a soft PK to make it 4-2, and then we got it back to 4-3, so we're right there. We had two good chances in the last five minutes to tie it up. A lot of teams would have quit, but not this one. That didn't even enter into their mind.”

Reflecting on the season as a whole, Oglesby said that he is very impressed with what his team was able to accomplish, with a district championship, four playoff victories and an appearance in the regional finals.

“As a whole, I am very satisfied,” Oglesby said. “I always tell the boys, every team in the state of Texas is going to end on a down note at some point except the state champions. I want our guys to look back and focus on what they have accomplished this year, and that's pretty darn impressive.

“Coming into this year, we weren't quite sure what we had or how good we were going to be. We had a lot of new kids in new positions, but they really stepped up and played as a team. I think we played as well as a team as any other team we've had here.”

Oglesby said he is losing a lot of players to graduation this year, but said he is optimistic about his team's chances next season, as well.

“We graduated 15 out of 23, so we've only got eight coming back,” Oglesby said. “That's not a lot, and we are certainly going to miss that senior leadership. But, it happens every year, and we've got a good JV squad coming up, so it will be a good opportunity for some kids to step up and show what they can do.”

Oglesby said that he really hopes his players are able to take away a couple of things from this season.

“We preach from day one that we hope we teach you a little bit more than how to kick a soccer ball,” Oglesby said. “We spend a lot of time on leadership and life lessons, teamwork and discipline.

“I think they get that from what they tell me year after year after year. We've only had two professional soccer players from Carroll, so most of them will go on to do other things in life, and these other things we teach them are so much more important than that.”

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