Northeast Tarrant

Lady Dragons set records in dominating week

Carroll goalkeeper Jamie Phelps has become the program’s all-time leader in clean sheets.
Carroll goalkeeper Jamie Phelps has become the program’s all-time leader in clean sheets. Star-Telegram Archive

Carroll’s prolific offense delivered its fury this past week against Richland, Euless Trinity and Colleyville Heritage. The Lady Dragons (17-2-2, 8-1-1 in District 7-6A) outscored their three opponents (Richland, Euless Trinity and Colleyville Heritage), 20-0.

Under Matt Colvin, Carroll has made the playoffs in all 14 of his seasons. But talking about qualifying for the playoffs is not discussed. It never is. It’s just part of the plan each season. The only time the girls soccer program has ever missed the postseason was in 1997.

“Really, we don’t even talk about winning and losing,” Colvin said. “We only talk about controlling what we can control, and that’s it. That’s just the mindset. But the girls are comfortable with that and really understand what they have to do.”

Carroll, which remains in second place behind Coppell, is off this week for spring break. It resumes its schedule next week against Haltom and Hurst L.D. Bell.

Phelps sets school record

Senior keeper Jamie Phelps recently set the record of career shutouts with 36. While it may seem that recording shutouts isn’t a challenge, that’s simply not the case. But Colvin has always kept it simple.

“Our philosophy is that we just want our keepers to make the saves they are supposed to make,” he said. “And if they can come up with the great save here or there, then that’s fine.”

The challenge in 2014 was that Phelps played behind a senior-laden back line. Now, she’s the leader in front of the back line. She has seen only 50 shots all season.

“She’s a little more vocal now and has done a great job to keep this organized,” Colvin said. “Jamie hasn’t seen too many one-on-one meetings. But when she has, she’s done a really good job with them.”

Moving up the charts: Grace Cory

During this past Friday’s 3-0 win over Colleyville Heritage, junior forward Grace Cory moved into third place on the program’s all-time scoring list when she recorded her 59th goal. Sophie Groff has the record with 87 goals. Kirsten Moran is second at 66.

Cory definitely can pass Moran. It may not be out of the question for her to make a run at Groff.

“I really thought that record was going to stand for a long time,” Colvin said. “But if anyone has a chance to break it, it’s Grace. The good thing about her is that she played beside Sophie, so she learned a lot about how to play against double and triple teams.

“What’s impressive is that she does a great job getting into spots and keeping herself in them where she only has to dribble through one or two defenders instead of three or four.”

It also has been important to have two other strong scoring options between Allie Luna and Danielle Dennis. Those two are also in double figures in scoring, so Carroll’s offense is diverse. Well, it always is.

Cory also made a slight tweak to her game that gave her that extra burst. She’s learning to play more with her face toward the ball instead of behind it.

“She’s coming back deeper and then playing with the ball,” Colvin said. “When you make yourself more available, then good things can happen.”

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