“It was a real good way to wrap up our season. The girls play perfect tonight. We started out really slow, really sluggish, but once everything got rolling they played very good,” Carroll County soccer coach Wayne Edmonds said. “They just really played wonderful. I am tickled to death with them. It’s a great way to end up our season and hopefully we can carry this momentum in to (the SWD Tournament).”
Even though Carroll County stayed on the attack most of the game, it came away empty for the first 13 minutes until senior Baily Leonard ripped the net off a perfect corner kick from Arellano. It was just the second career goal for Leonard, who has played defense the majority of her career.
“Baily usually plays defense, but it was Senior Night and I had to move the roster around a little bit to get all the seniors in. Gosh, didn’t they played good?” Edmonds said of Arellano, Leonard, Sarah Broyles, Marcie Rosas, Bridgette Kennedy and Kristina Wiles. “It was Baily’s second goal this year and Chelsea Bobbitt and Suzanne Leonard scored their first goals of the year.”
Grundy knotted the score with a goal 10 minutes later, but the tie was short lived. Arellano put Carroll back in front four minutes later with an unassisted blast from about 20 yards out. With 7:30 left in the opening half, junior Lauren Roper scored off a powerful free kick to make it 3-1. Bobbitt, a sophomore, had plenty of time to record the first goal of her career. Surrounded by three Grundy defenders from about 10 yards out, Bobbitt gathered herself, took a step back and kicked the ball past everybody for a 4-1 Cavalier lead in the waning moments of the first half.
Carroll continued to roll in the second half as Arellano notched her second goal two minutes in, breaking past a Grundy defender and launching from about 25 yards out for a 5-1 lead. Senior Sarah Broyles got in on the action three minutes later, taking a pass off a corner kick from Summer Rigney for another Cavalier goal.
Minutes later, Arellano put Carroll in front 7-1 and completed the hat trick with a nicely placed kick from the corner. The goal came after the Cavs booted the ball around in the box for a while following a corner kick.
“She’s been in a little bit of a slump this year, but it’s good to see her as a senior go out with a hat trick,” Edmonds said. “I don’t know how many she has scored, but she’s been right up there as leading scorer ever since she’s been on varsity. This is her fourth year and she’s had probably had two of three other hat tricks. She is a scorer.”
Rigney, who had an assist earlier, made it 8-1 with 15 minutes remaining. The Cavalier junior slipped past a defender in front of the Grundy goal and let fly from 10 yards out for a score. Carroll won by the slaughter rule with 11 minutes left as Suzanne Leonard, Baily’s sister, bent a perfect kick from the corner just past the Grundy goalie.
Carroll sophomore goalkeeper Hope Bowers didn’t get much work with the Cavs on attack all night. That was just fine with Edmonds.
“She got a little bored back there, but that’s the way I like it,” Edmonds said.