The Carroll boys soccer team got off to an excellent start this postseason by defeating Midlothian in the bi-district round in a game that coach Greg Oglesby said was not without its challenges.
The Dragons will take on Plano East, a team that defeated Trophy Club Nelson by a score of 4-1 last week, in the area round, and Oglesby said that the Panthers present their own unique set of challenges.
“They have got a really good team,” Oglesby said. “They have got a really good center midfielder and an excellent goalie. They are a good side, and they play in a tough district. We will have our work cut out for us.”
The Dragons will play East at a time, date and location that had not been determined at press time.
Carroll defeated Midlothian by a score of 2-0 on Thursday, and Ogblesby said the team faced a big setback at one point in the game, but rallied together and finished out strong, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
“We played very well,” Oglesby said. “We really showed a lot of heart, because we had a player tossed with 30 minutes to play in the game. It was tough, but the guys responded very well and locked things down defensively to finish out the game.”
Nat Kajiwara scored both goals for the Dragons in the game.
Oglesby said that he is feeling good about the level at which his team is performing at this time and said, while he knows that the road will get harder, he is not that concerned about any issues right now.
“I'm not really worried,” Oglesby said. “We will have four days to get ready for Plano East, and that will be good for us. It will give us a chance to rest up as well as an opportunity to scout them. We'll know what we need to do against them to be successful.”