The Carroll boys soccer team held steady this past week, earning draws in both games, and coach Greg Oglesby said that while he would have liked to have picked up at least one victory, things could also have been a lot worse.
The Dragons played Northwest on Tuesday night after the press deadline, and will square off with Keller 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Southlake. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“Keller will be a very emotional game,” Oglesby said. “They beat us at their place the first time around. The kids know each other well. It's kind of a rival game, so I am expecting it to be intense.”
Carroll played Richland to a 0-0 draw on Friday night, and coach Oglesby said he was extremely pleased with his team’s effort in the game.
“It was a great game,” Oglesby said. “It was the first-place team, and we really battled tooth and nail. It was one of those games that could have gone either way.”
Oglesby said he had a couple of standout performances in the game against Richland.
“Our goalie, Patrick Leal, had an amazing game,” Oglesby said. “Then we had Duncan Gary man their best player, and he just did a phenomenal job. The kid didn't have a goal or assist. He really didn't touch the ball half as much as he does a typical game.”
Oglesby said the ties against Keller Timber Creek and Richland this past week were not surprising to him at all, given the toughness of the district.
“We knew it was going to be a very tight race, and it has,” Oglesby said. “It's turning out to be that way, and it may gone down to the very last game of two of the season. It looks like first and second are pretty close to being locked up, but then you have four other teams within a point or two of each other for those final two playoff spots.”
Oglesby did say that his could really use a few more wins to put itself into a good position for a playoff spot.
“We would have loved to win one of those two games,” Oglesby said. “We've got to start picking up three points rather than one so that we can make up that difference. We are one point behind Central and Timber Creek.”