With Three Rivers District wins over Glenvar and Giles, Carroll County’s girls’ soccer team is now off to a 6-0 start.
The Lady Cavaliers opened the week April 10 with a 4-1 victory at Glenvar. Carroll County (6-0, 3-0 Three Rivers District) opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the first half as Abby Carico sent a pass to Kaylei Newman, who hit a header on the first touch around the last defender, putting her one-on-one with the goalie for a score.
In the 28th minute, Carroll got on the board again as Joy Miller assisted Adrienne Harris for a goal from about 25 yards out. Taking advantage of an aggressive goalie playing about five yards out of the box, Harris booted it over the goalie’s head and under the top of the crossbar for a 2-0 lead.
The Cavaliers struck again four minutes into the second half as Carico again found Harris for a goal and a 3-0 lead. The Highlanders scored in the 67th minute to make it 3-1, but Carroll answered a minute later as Carico connected with Kaylei Newman for her third assist of the night.
That win set up a showdown at home on Thursday against a Giles team that had beaten Graham 8-0. The same Graham team had beaten Carroll County 4-1 in a preseason scrimmage.
“We went into Thursday night knowing it was going to be a real hard-fought match. The girls surprised me with how well they responded to the competition,” Carroll County head coach Marion Harris said. “We ended up beating them 10-4. And that is the first time we have ever had double digits on our side of the board in a regular season game.”
The Cavaliers needed just four minutes to get on the board when Natalie Puckett found Adrienne Harris, who split two defenders for a shot from about 25 yards out. Just five minutes later, Harris scored from nearly the same spot, this time on an assist from Kaylei Newman for a 2-0 Carroll lead.
Harris then set up the Cavs’ third goal, assisting Kendra Durnil for a 3-0 lead in the 23rd minute. Giles got on the board in the 31st minute, but Carroll got the score back six minutes later when Durnil passed off to Newman, who beat the goalie at the far post for a 4-1 advantage. The two teams traded goals in the final minute of the first half. Adrienne Harris scored on a header off a corner kick by Newman to give her a hat trick in the first half. Giles responded just before the half to make it a 5-2 contest.
The second half picked up right where the first left off, with another Cavalier goal. This time Harris hooked up with Newman for her second goal of the game. Giles scored in the 46th minute to make it 6-3, but Carroll got it back just three minutes later as Newman scored unassisted for her first career hat trick.
Giles scored in the 51st minute to make it 7-4 before the Lady Cavs reeled off three straight goals to complete the scoring. Durnil scored her second goal of the game in the 53rd minute. Fifteen minutes later, Carico got another assist, finding Newman for her fourth goal of the night. With two minutes left in the contest, Natalie Puckett tapped it to Adrienne Harris on a free kick for her fourth goal of the night.
“We have scored 10 goals more in six games than we did all of last season,” Marion Harris said. “The girls are impressing me every time they go out there. They are fun to watch.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN