Adrienne Harris and Kaylei Newman have combined for nine goals in wins over Pulaski County and Galax as Carroll County’s girls’ soccer team has started the season 2-0.
The Cavaliers opened the year March 19 with a 5-3 victory in Hillsville over Pulaski. Carroll County (2-0) opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Harris scored the PK for a 1-0 lead. The Cavaliers were on the board less than two minutes later when Newman scored off an assist from Harris.
Carroll made it 3-0 in the 28th minute off a restart. The Pulaski goalie gave up a rebound, and after a fight in the box, Joy Miller sent a pass to Harris for another goal. The Cavaliers scored quickly again just two minutes later as Newman took a pass from Harris and beat a defender for a 4-0 lead.
“At that point, I felt pretty confident going up 4-0 and we were able to get everybody in the game. It wasn’t the best soccer I have seen from us, but this early in the year it was looking good,” Carroll County head coach Marion Harris said. “The offense was clicking and the defense was holding Pulaski.”
But the Cougars made things interesting in the final minute of the half as freshman Alexanne Turner, daughter of new Carroll County head football coach Jack Turner, scored her first career goal to make it 4-1 at the half.
In the second half, Pulaski began controlling possession and the Cavaliers were unable to getting any looks on goal, Harris said. Twice in the first 25 minutes of the second half the Cougars were able to score when Carroll failed to clear the ball out of their zone. Holding on to a 4-3 lead, Carroll got some much-needed breathing room when Adrienne Harris scored again on an assist from Laura Puckett. The goal held up as Carroll prevailed 5-3.
“It was great to come out of our first game with a win. We knew we were supposed to have three games last week so I definitely rotated and had a lot of people playing,” Marion Harris said. “The minutes were spread out trying to save legs for the other two games.”
Carroll followed the opening victory up on March 20 with a 4-1 win at Galax. Harris said it took the Cavs a while to get used to playing on the Maroon Tide’s turf. The game was scoreless until the final five seconds of the first half when the Galax goalie knocked Culbreth down after a rebound on a shot at the Galax goal. Adrienne Harris made the Maroon Tide pay on the penalty kick, knocking it for a 1-0 lead going into intermission.
In the second half, Newman scored an unassisted goal after taking a pass from Harris and then taking a shot that rebounded off the near goalpost. The rebound came right back to Newman, who booted it in for a 2-0 advantage in the 55th minute.
The Maroon Tide answered a minute later when Harris said the Cavs failed to clear the ball on their defensive end. Carroll had an answer just a few seconds later. On the kickoff, Newman found Adrienne Harris 15 or 20 yards downfield. Harris beat a defender and the goalie to make it 3-1.
“We responded within 15 to 20 seconds after getting scored on. That is always a good feeling,” Marion Harris said. “I always tell them the three most vulnerable times to get scored on are at the beginning of a half, the end of half and right after a score, and we had a great response to a score.”
The Cavaliers added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute when Culbreth tapped the ball to Adrienne Harrs after a restart and Harris scored on a long shot from about 30 yards out to provide the final score in the 4-1 victory. Carroll goalie Autumn Gravley had 19 saves in the two wins, 13 against Pulaski and six against Galax.
“I am so very pleased with going 2-0 in the first week of the season, scoring nine goals this early in the season. Usually the offense has timing issues at the beginning of the season, so being able to score nine was truly amazing,” Marion Harris said. “We definitely have some work to do. The timing issues will get better. Giving up four goals in two games we are not very happy with that as a team. It is a great attitude right now of playing team defense and also playing good team offense, not individuals that are doing it. “
The Cavaliers are scheduled to be back in action on Thursday, March 29 with a home game in Hillsville against Galax at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Carroll County’s JV team is off to a 1-1 start after a 3-2 loss against Pulaski and a 1-0 win over Martinsville. Haley Manuel scored in the Martinsville win and Jozy Combs had the shutout in goal for the Cavs. Manuel and Haven Watson scored goals for Carroll in the loss to Pulaski.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN