Carroll boys soccer coach Greg Oglesby never doubted his team's ability to rebound from a recent rough patch on the Dragons schedule, and this past week, his faith in his team was rewarded.
Carroll defeated Northwest 3-0 last Tuesday and followed that up with a 3-2 victory over Keller. The team entered spring break in form to earn a spot in the postseason with a three-point advantage in its claim on the third seed over Keller and Keller Central.
The Dragons are scheduled to take on Keller Fossil Ridge at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 at Fossil Ridge High School, and Oglesby said last weekend that his team will have its hands full.
“That's going to be a tough one for us,” Oglesby said. “They're in second place, and they got us 2-1 at our place the first time, but I like the way we match up with that team. I don't think that result was indicative of how the game went, because we really played them well. I'm really anxious to see how we play next Tuesday.”
Oglesby said he was extremely pleased with how his team performed against Keller on Friday night.
“It was one of the best games we played all year,” Oglesby said. “They are a very good team. They were in third going into that game, and it was one of those back and forth games ... and with about 15 minutes left, we scored a great goal to go up 3-2. The boys really battled and fought hard.”
Carroll scored six goals last week, five of which were accounted for by Cole Manning.
“He's on fire,” Oglesby said. “He had a hat trick on Friday night. We put him in on one that was a quality finish, and then he was in the right place at the right time on the other two, and you've got to have the instincts to get their and then the ability to put the ball in the back of the net. I hope continues doing what he's been doing, because he has really been a dominant factor for us in games.”
Oglesby never doubted his team's ability to rebound from a four-game stretch that saw the Dragons go 0-1-3 prior to last week's games, and said it was not an issue for him because of what he has seen from his players throughout the season.
“You're never 100 percent certain,” Oglesby said. “But I like our chemistry. I like our attitude and I like our work rate. You put those components together, along with our great kids. They are not going to quit until that last game.”