Northeast Tarrant

Struggling Dragons facing tough test on Friday

The Carroll boys soccer team continued to struggle last week with a draw against Haltom and loss to Keller Central, and coach Greg Oglesby said his team has got to start picking things up on both sides of the ball.

The Dragons played Keller Timber Creek on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will square off with Richland at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Dragon Stadium. See for results.

“It will be a very tough game,” Oglesby said of Richland. “They've jumped over Fossil Ridge and are in first place. They are my definition of the best team in our district right now, and they are tough. They had a kid or two out when we played them last time, and we're going to have our hands full.”

Carroll lost 1-0 to Keller Central on Friday, and Oglesby said that one big mistake ended up costing the Dragons the game.

“The team played well, but we made a mistake 15 minutes in on a throw-in where we didn't get the ball,” Oglesby said. “They had a kid on the other end of it who kicked it in, and that ended up being the game, 1-0. We had some good chances to score, but just couldn't put one in.”

Oglesby said that at this point of the season, his team needs to improve in a couple of areas to be a serious postseason threat.

“It's both offense and defense,” Oglesby said. “We're not scoring very many goals, and we've only had two shut outs so far this season. Typically, we'll get eight or 10 shut outs a year. We really need to get better on both sides of the ball.”

Oglesby said that the issues his team is facing are becoming a serious problem, and said it was especially noticeable in this past week's games.

“We were a little disappointed as a coaching staff not picking up three points against Haltom,” Oglesby said. “We had that game under control. We were up 1-0, and probably should have scored another goal or two just put it away, and then we just kind of lost our focus on defense and they got one.

“We got a point out of it, but we should have gotten three points out of it. You always want to start the second half of district out with at least a point. We were playing at home, and we thought we would get a point against Central, but with that loss, that puts them ahead of us in the standings.”

Oglesby said to get things back on track, it will have to do the sort of things it did last season when it went four rounds into the playoffs.

“We need somebody to kind of step up and take some responsibility in the offensive third,” Oglesby said. “We've got some kids capable of doing it, but they've got to step up, and then the same thing goes on defense. We've got to find ways to shut teams out. That's what good teams and playoff teams do.”