The Carroll boys soccer team struggled last week with losses to Keller and Keller Fossil Ridge, but coach Greg Oglesby said that his team is getting back on the right track already.
Carroll played Haltom on Tuesday night after press deadline and will square off with Keller Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dragon Stadium. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“We have a pretty good idea of what Central is going to bring, but we'll go back and watch tape on them once again to get ready for that game,” Oglesby said. “That was a game that we tied over at their place. I anticipate us playing well at home, we always do, and it is a much bigger field than what we played on at Central. I think that might be a little more difficult for them.”
The Dragons lost to Fossil Ridge 2-1 on Friday night in a game that Oglesby said his team actually looked pretty good.
“The team played very well,” Oglesby said. “It was 0-0 at halftime, and I think that we played a little better than they did. We came out in the second half, and we're actually still playing pretty well. They got in and got a crossover, and we actually dealt with it pretty well. We got it cleared, but it went right to one of their players and the kid puts it in the back of the net.
“With about 10 minutes left, they send a free kick in. We didn't judge it very well. A kid gets in on the end and knocks it in with his head. With about five minutes left, we scored a great goal from Jack Parrish. We probably had two really good chances to tie it up in the end. They played hard.”
Oglesby said the difference in the level of play between the 2-0 Keller loss last Tuesday and the game with Fossil Ridge was noticeable.”
“We did some things much better against Fossil than we did against Keller,” Oglesby said. “We worked harder and were more focused.”
Oglesby said that he believes it was more a matter of playing two strong defensive units last week that led to the 0-2 showing that any kind of serious issue with is own team.
“They were both good defensive teams, but are also good offensive teams as well,” Oglesby said. “Fossil has a really good offense, and has one of the most dangerous forwards in the whole district, and we did a good job controlling him. They've got good offensive players and will put you under a lot of pressure. Keller does a lot of counterattacking, and they are very good at what they do.”