Carroll may well run away with the girls district soccer title, but Keller has finally been able to exact a touch of revenge on the Lady Dragons.
The Lady Indians posted a 1-0 win over Carroll last week, the first win over that particular nemesis in head coach Billy Griffiths’ career.
“We always play them tough, but it’s our first win in my nine years here at Keller,” he said.
Berklee Peters scored the only goal. The win helps boost the point total for Keller, helping to keep them in second place.
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Timber Creek, however, is just a few points behind the Lady Indians and a game between the two follows spring break.
“We know we’re in the playoffs,” Griffiths said, “but we just don’t know if we’ll be the number two seed.”
Keller was to play Northwest on Monday prior to spring break. They’ll finish hosting Richland and hope the momentum from the Carroll win carries over as they enter the playoffs.
The Lady Indians have forged several ties with Carroll in the past few years, but Griffiths knew Keller could press the attack against Carroll, especially when they enjoyed a strong first-half wind.
“It was the perfect opportunity to attack,” he said. “We were able to attack in the first half and in the first game and they weren’t used to that.”
The game was scoreless through halftime. But Keller gained confidence in being the aggressor and was able to punch through.
“It was a good game. But you can never can truly keep them from attacking,” Griffiths said of Carroll. “We created more chance to score but were never able to and had to defend to keep the win.”
After losing 15 seniors off last year’s team, Keller is much younger. With four freshmen playing a role, Griffiths said he wasn’t sure at the start of the year what type of team they may field.
“I knew we’d be OK, but I didn’t know we’d be as strong as we’ve been,” he said. “It’s been a nice surprise. We figured it out over our non-district schedule and the first 11 games (of district) and now we know they can be pretty special.”
• With Timber Creek in third place, the battle for the final playoff spot involves Central and Haltom.
Timber Creek will finish up with Haltom, Keller and Fossil Ridge.
• For Central, their destiny is within their own control as Haltom still awaits the Lady Chargers.
The Chargers will have another game with the Buffs after having to forfeit the first win over Haltom earlier in the season. An ineligible Lady Chargers player was noted by Central but the issue was promptly rectified.
Central took care of Richland on Saturday in a 5-0 romp, and the Lady Chargers were to take on Carroll on Monday and then rematch with Haltom on March 18.
The Lady Chargers also have Northwest remaining. Central interim head coach Lauren Arias said the Haltom game would be big, and although it will be an even matchup, she likes her team’s chances.
Central senior Hope Smith said the forfeited loss may be good for the team down the stretch. “The loss didn’t offset us,” she said. “Maybe it’s good for us because we have to play our best every game now.”