Carroll’s girls soccer program knows that the rest of its playoff games won’t look the way the bi-district game did this past Thursday against South Grand Prairie.
Actually, what that 10-0 rout represented was pretty much what the District 7-6A season looked like. After a somewhat shaky start, the Lady Dragons let their talent take over and ran away from the Lady Warriors for their 16th consecutive win. Carroll won its first playoff game for the 17th consecutive season.
Area-round details were expected to be finalized on Monday. Carroll (23-1) will play Flower Mound Marcus in the Region I area round on Friday.
“The best thing is that we got the first round out of the way,” head coach Matt Colvin said. “We were a little tight. It took us a good eight minutes to get loosened up. We weren’t playing horrible. But we were just not in a rhythm.”
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In most cases, Carroll’s talent will have the edge most of the time it steps on the field. Senior forward Grace Cory led the way with a hat trick (three goals). Ally Griffin, Mary Meehan and Allie Luna each scored twice.
“When you have 13 days to think about the playoffs, it can be an interesting time,” Colvin said. “Now, we have another seven days. But these are the things we talk about in meetings and in our training. These are long stretches mentally. You have to rely on what got you there.”
This is a preview of what the future will be like for the next two years. Carroll and Marcus will be in the new District 5-6A. While Carroll wasn’t pushed very much for the last month, Marcus was. District 6-6A is a grind because it is so deep. Each of the 16 games on the schedule was a battle.
“That’s the biggest thing we’re aware of,” Colvin said. “This game is going to be tight. But that’s where our intensity has to be at a high level.”
2016 is the tops
When Luna scored the final goal against South Grand Prairie, it set the Carroll single-season record for goals scored with 141. That broke the record of 140 set by the 2002 team.
This team has been on a scoring binge in the last several weeks. The Lady Dragons, who are averaging 5.9 goals per game, have scored 54 in their last six. That’s an average of nine per game.
A different Cory
When she scored the game-winning goal in the then-Class 5A state semifinals against San Antonio MacArthur as a freshman, Cory established herself as one of the cornerstones for this program.
Now, as a senior, Cory is trying to return Carroll to the state tournament and drive this program to its first state championship since 2008. She is also a captain.
While Griffin rightly gets a lot of the attention for scoring 48 goals, Cory has remained steady throughout the season, scoring 23.
“Players come in and see the qualities she has and the ability to be a positive leader,” Colvin said. “When she was a freshman behind Sophie Groff, I told her that her day was coming in that she was going to be one of the leaders.
“I’m super proud of her. One of the hardest things to do as a senior is to totally commit to your goals. There are no guarantees. But she’s done it.”
Cory has signed with Texas A&M.