Solid performances on both sides of the line propelled the Lady Cavalier soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Pulaski in a River Ridge District contest April 19 at Tommy Thompson Field in Hillsville. The win evens the CCHS team’s slate at 3-3 for the season so far.
“The new formation is working well for us. Even in the games where we’ve lost we have moved the ball correctly,” said Carroll County head coach Wayne Edmonds. “I’m pleased with how quickly the girls have picked it (a ‘U’ formation) up.” Edmonds praised new assistant coach Lauren Roper for bringing new drills and ideas to the program which have also helped.
According to Edmonds, Carroll was on the scoreboard in the first half after Maizie Marshall converted a nice pass across the top of the box into a goal at the 22:31 mark. Carroll held on to that margin for the remainder of the first half.
In the second half, Cavalier Madison Puckett scored two goals to ice the victory. The first goal came a little over a minute into the second half. Her second goal in the half came after the ball appeared to bounce off the keeper with Puckett booting it in to give Carroll a 3-0 lead. Pulaski scored late in the second half but could not make up the deficit.
Edmonds pointed out that many of the members of the varsity squad this season started as freshmen or sophomores with the soccer program and have played together since.
“I can’t say enough about these girls. They work hard in practice, play hard and are genuinely wonderful persons,” Edmonds said. “The personality of the team is wonderful this year.”
He stressed that performances on both offense and defense have been excellent this season. Edmonds said the outing against the Lady Cougars was an example of the offense keeping the pressure on Pulaski, which gave the defense time to reset and return the favor.
“The whole team did a wonderful job of protecting each other,” said Edmonds.
He praised the efforts of freshman keeper Haley Hurst, who was about a minute away from a shutout before the Cougar offense hit pay dirt. Edmonds said the team has enjoyed the benefits of balanced offense and defense, with solid showings from his bench, which is “midfield” rich on talent that is showing it can be versatile at other positions. This supply of “fresh horses” was also a factor in both recent wins against county rival Galax.
Edmonds said he was also very pleased with how well the Lady Cavaliers have been at controlling the tempo of the game, resulting in the team keeping the ball on the other side of the field longer. Carroll County is scheduled to host Patrick Henry on April 28 and will face off against Christiansburg on Friday in another home game. Junior varsity matches are slated to begin at 5 p.m. with varsity play set to begin at 7 p.m.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.