The Carroll boys soccer team seems to have a knack for getting stronger and stronger as the regular season draws to a close, and it appears that the 2016 campaign will prove no different.
The Dragons avenged an earlier district loss to Colleyville Heritage last Friday night, defeating the Panthers by a score of 3-1 using an opportunistic offense and stout defensive effort.
Carroll played Haltom on Tuesday night after the press deadline and will take on L.D. Bell High School at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Hurst.
Coach Greg Oglesby said that he would like to improve upon the 3-3 tie his team picked up on Feb. 16 with the Blue Raiders, but at the same time said he knows his team will be in for a battle.
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“They played us really tough at our place the last time and they are a good team,” Oglesby said. “Their coach has them really well-organized, and they are tough to break down. So it will be a close game.”
The Dragons defeated Colleyville Heritage by a score of 3-1 on Friday, and Oglesby said his team looked pretty proficient along the way.
“It was a very good game for us,” Oglesby said. “The boys played with a lot of focus and intensity. We went down 1-0, but got the equalizer 10 minutes later, so we went in at halftime level. Then we really controlled the game in the second half. We scored two great goals, and just kind of finished off the game. So it was a nice win for us.”
Calvin Harris scored twice in the game for the Dragons and Corey Dotson had what Oglesby described as a “nice goal.”
“Calvin Harris has been on fire,” Oglesby said. “I think he has scored five of six goals in the last three or four games.”
As the playoffs approach, Oglesby said he believes his team is starting hit its stride.
“We’ve put together two or three really good games in a row,” Oglesby said. “The best part is that we’ve shown great consistency, which is what we are going to need in the playoffs.”