The Carroll boys soccer team is coming off of a rough stretch last week which saw the Dragons go 0-2-1 over the span of three games.
Carroll will square off with Haltom in its next game on March 17, and coach Greg Oglesby said that he feels quite certain that his team will have its work cut out for it with the Buffalos.
“They should be tough,” Oglesby said. “They won their game, so now they are tied with us for third place. We have to go over there and play on a grass field, which we're not as accustomed to playing on. We don't know what kind of shape that field is going to be in after all this rain, so it will be interesting.”
Carroll defeated Haltom 3-0 in the two teams’ first encounter on Feb. 13.
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The Dragons lost an especially tough game to Colleyville Heritage by a score of 1-0 on Friday, and Oglesby said that loss was one his team really wishes it could get back.
“It was incredibly unfortunate, because we outplayed them,” Oglesby said. “We did everything we should have done except put the ball in the back of the net. It wasn't due to lack of effort. Their goalie made some great saves and they cleared the ball off the line, and we had some excellent opportunities to score. We missed a few that we should have put it, but they're a good team. It was a great game.”
Carroll lost two of its three games last week, and Oglesby said it basically came down to not recovering from mistakes and executing better.
“It was a tough week,” Oglesby said. “We out-played Trinity as well. We lost to them 1-0, and had an unfortunate foul called and they got a free kick. We didn't clear it and they scored. And then there were more chances with free kicks, more shots, more corner kicks, but we just couldn't convert one.
“The work rate and the quality of play with what we are trying to do right now. We just have to cut down on our mistakes.”
Oglesby said that he is not looking to accomplish any one thing in particular over the layoff between the team's game against Colleyville Heritage and the one next week against Haltom, but said that he does have a general play of attack.
“There is nothing really specific,” Oglesby said. “From a coaching perspective, you'd rather have your break somewhere around the halfway point of the district season. Unfortunately, we have that break scheduled in, and there are a few vacations planned, so you just deal with it the best you can.
“We'll take a few days off and then, this year, try to train on the back end of it. We'll practice Thursday, Friday and Monday and then play our game against Haltom on Tuesday.”
Carroll will play at 7:30 p.m. on March 17 against Haltom at Birdville Stadium.