Adrienne Harris and Meagan Phillips both recorded hat tricks Thursday as Carroll County’s girls’ soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 8-0 win over Galax in Hillsville.
Carroll County (2-1, 0-1 River Ridge District) opened the week Tuesday with a 6-0 home loss to Cave Spring in the River Ridge District opener. Despite the loss, head coach Marion Harris was proud of how his team competed against a powerful Cave Spring program.
“We gave up three goals each half, but it was probably one of the best results we’ve had against Cave Spring. The scoreboard doesn’t really show it, but we played them tough and a few moments of not focusing led to what happened,” Harris said. “All of the Roanoke teams are very strong. Just competing with them, you can tell a difference between now and four years ago when we started playing against them. We are playing a different type of soccer now and we are actually competing and they have to work for it a lot more than they did. Our level of play has stepped up.”
The Cavaliers responded in a big way two days later, defeating Galax 8-0 Thursday on a night when Carroll County honored servicemen and women before the game. CCHS Student Resource Officer Kevin Kemp sand the national anthem, the school’s Junior ROTC program presented the colors, a Blue Lives Matter (or Thin Blue Line) flag was flown from the flagpole in memory of the late Carroll County Deputy Curtis A. Bartlett, and Carroll County unveiled new home uniforms honoring Deputy Bartlett, uniforms which will be worn all year, Harris said.
Adrienne Harris got the Cavaliers rolling early, scoring goals just eight and 11 minutes into the contest on assists by Natalie Puckett and Kaylei Newman. Then in the 14th and 15th minutes, Adrienne Harris assisted Meagan Phillips twice on a pair of back-to-back goals. Newman then finished off an incredible first half on a goal with about one second left before intermission on an assist from Adrienne Harris after a Galax handball violation.
Harris started off the second half with another goal for the first hat trick of her varsity career. A sophomore, Harris scored on an assist from Gracie Puckett.
“Adrienne had three assists at half, which is impressive for a whole game, and two goals. She finished it off with her first hat trick,” Marion Harris said. “A little later Meagan Phillips also recorded a hat trick and we won 8-0, which I believe was the first time we have ever been on the good side of a slaughter-rule victory.”
Newman later put the Cavs ahead 7-0 with an unassisted goal, the first of the year for Carroll, and Phillips ended the game in the 74th minute by the slaughter rule with her third goal, giving the Cavs two players with a hat trick.
“Newman’s goal was the first goal this year that was not assisted, which is impressive because out of 11 goals, 10 of them there was a pass that led up to the goal. It’s very rare to have that many goals and some of them not be because of an individual effort. I’m very impressed with the teamwork these ladies have displayed so far,” Marion Harris said. “It was also the first time in school history we were on the good side of a slaughter rule, so I told the senior class after the game they are, along with the other girls, making history. They were part of our first playoff win last year and now they’ve been part of the first time we actually slaughter-ruled someone else, so we are continuing to make small steps in the right direction.”
Autumn Gravley earned the shutout in goal for the Cavaliers. Harris said Carroll’s JV girls’ team lost to Cave Spring on Tuesday night, but bounced back with a win the following day against Patrick County.
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