Carroll County’s girls’ soccer team sent its 10 upperclassmen out on a high note May 2, defeating Pulaski 3-2 on Senior Night in a River Ridge District game in Hillsville.
Senior Meagan Phillips scored the first goal and underclassmen Adrienne Harris and Nicole Hiatt took care of the rest as the Lady Cavaliers completed the season sweep of Pulaski County.
“Even though it was ugly, it was great to bring home a win on Senior Night. It wasn’t the best game we have played all year, but it was nice to play a bad game and still get a W,” Carroll County head coach Marion Harris said. “I had nine players that were seniors, as well as our manager Brett Petty, and it was great giving them a win. Out of the 10 people we honored on Senior Night, I have spent 74 seasons with them, counting rec league, travel ball, JV and varsity. Some of them, like Gracie Puckett, have been with me since they were six years old.”
Phillips gave the Cavaliers the lead 10 minutes into the game when she scored off an assist from Adrienne Harris. The goal came on a combination play in which Phillips made a nice run awaiting the pass before taking the feed and scoring on just two touches. The Cougars tied the game less than 30 seconds later, however, as the result of a penalty kick.
Carroll took the lead for good 10 minutes later on another outstanding combination play. Gracie Puckett started it with a corner kick that found Adrienne Harris in the head. Harris then headed the ball right to Nicole Hiatt’s feet, enabling her to beat the goalie for a 2-1 lead. With five minutes left in the first half, Adrienne Harris scored off an assist from Gracie Puckett for the eventual game-winning goal. The Cougars cut into the lead with a goal in the 70th minute, but the Cavalier defense held strong down the stretch to preserve the Senior Night victory.
“For the most part we dominated the game, we just had a hard time with finishing combination plays. We weren’t finishing well,” Marion Harris said. “Pulaski had had the ball in our defensive third for a good few minutes down the stretch. My team has been practicing clearing the ball out and it paid off because we kept clearing it out every time they had a chance to come in there.”
With the win, Carroll County improved to 4-7 overall and 2-7 in the River Ridge District. More importantly, the victory puts the Cavaliers in fourth place in the Conference 24 standings with a great chance to host a first-round game in the conference playoffs.
Seniors honored prior to the game were Gracie Puckett, Maddie Childress, Meagan Phillips, Monica Avelar, Megan Garland, Rosey Armenta, Brittany Russell, Maizie Marshall, Aya Elalfy, and manager Brett Petty.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN