Southlake Journal

March 17, 2014

Lady Dragons keep focus on outright district title

Carroll Girls Soccer While friends were on vacation for spring break, the team was making sure it didn’t lose momentum as it heads for a 4-5A championship.

Good teams find a way to maintain their focus even when there are other distractions. Carroll’s girls soccer team had to stay in town for the first part of spring break week and play a district game against Keller Central.

Against the backdrop of jealousy with friends going on ski trips, running to the beach or wherever else, the Lady Dragons (17-1-1, 11-1 in District 4-5A) stayed on task. They dismantled the Lady Chargers, 4-0, on March 10 to maintain sole possession of first place.

“Spring break is a concern because this is the week where minds sometimes drift,” Carroll coach Matt Colvin said. “We did talk about maintaining our focus and playing to our standard. They stuck to what we were asking them to do.”

Colvin has said that this is the fastest team he has coached in his 13 seasons running the girls soccer program. What’s benefited this team is that the youth up front and at the midfield area has provided the chance to apply a lot of pressure on teams.

There are so many scoring chances that teams do not know where the goals are shots are coming from. Diversity rules.

“We’re just pressing in the midfield and the shots can come from all six of those players,” Colvin said. “The good thing for us is that we can create a lot of high pressure for a majority of the game.”

Carroll finished the regular season this week with its senior night on Tuesday against Keller Fossil Ridge. The finale is Friday at Haltom.

District 4-5A race

Carroll entered this week in first place with 33 points, two points ahead Keller (31 points). Should the Lady Dragons win out, they would be the district champions.

In the case of a tie, that’s where the district tiebreakers enter. First of all, it would take some doing for that to happen. There’s a few ways it can happen but they are too numerous to detail. But keep in mind, teams earn three points for wins and one point for ties. The maximum Carroll can earn this week is six to get to 39. The maximum Keller can earn is six to get to 37.

As for the tiebreakers, the first is head-to-head. That wouldn’t work, since Keller and Carroll split. The second is the goal differential in the two meetings. That wouldn’t work either, since each team won 1-0.

The final tiebreaker is just playing it off or flipping a coin.

That happened in 2012, when Carroll tied with Fossil Ridge. Colvin wanted to play the playoff game. However, Fossil Ridge coaches conceded the first seed to Carroll.

Call her D.D.

Junior forward Danielle Dennis – known as D.D. because of her initials – has enjoyed a strong season in Carroll’s offense. With the two goals she scored against Central on March 10, she’s up to 14 for the season and is second in scoring to Grace Cory.

Dennis made her mark for this program in the 2013 Class 5A Region I tournament against Flower Mound Marcus. Dennis scored the game-sealing goal in the final minutes.

“The way she played in those final minutes told us she was going to be an impact player for us,” Colvin said. “Like Grace, she learned from the seniors about how to play at this level. She’s the fastest player on our team. She just has a great feel for the game.”

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