Carroll County (2-3, 2-1 SWD) head coach Brian Wood was pleased with the resiliency his team showed after falling behind early against a tough G-Men club, and again after Graham reclaimed a 4-3 lead with about seven minutes left. After falling behind 2-0, the Cavs scored three unanswered goals before Graham went back ahead 4-3 with seven minutes remaining. Carroll eventually tied the same to send it to overtime before outscoring the G-Men 2-0 in the extra period.
“I was really proud of my guys because they really hung on, especially against one of the better teams we’ve seen. In the first half we had about seven chances and didn’t score. Graham only had three or four chances and scored twice,” Wood said. “We could have gotten down from that, but we battled back. They came back and played really good soccer. When they scored their fourth goal with seven minutes left, that could have been a turning point, but our guys hung in there, kept their heads and kept playing soccer.”
Wood’s emphasis on the team philosophy seems to be paying dividends. The first-year Carroll coach is so focused on the team concept, he did not want to get into who scored the Cavaliers’ six goals after the big victory.
“I am no longer keeping track of individual goals. We are focusing on an entire team effort, so I intentionally told them not to put goals down in the scorebook. I told them I wouldn’t mention who scores goals on our morning announcements (at Carroll County High School) or in the newspapers,” Wood said. “It is one of those philosophical changes. I want us to play very unselfish soccer. That is what I account it to; Carroll County scored all the goals, not one individual.”