Carroll boys wrap up regular season with 2-0 shutout of Covington Latin
Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:00 AM
Carroll County defeated Covington Latin 2-0 in its boys soccer season finale Wednesday at home.
THREADING THE PASS: Carroll County’s Brett Hall (13) passes the ball through Covington Latin defenders Bryar Harold (2) and Neil Lee (9) in Wednesday’s game won 2-0 by Carroll County in Carrollton. (Staff photo by David Hill)
For the most part, Wednesday's senior night contest at Panther Field was a defensive battle. Carroll had a number of shots on goal but, unlike a 9-2 win by the Panthers over the Trojans earlier in the season, just two made it through to find the net.
Almost 35 scoreless minutes went by during the first half before Carroll County's Michael Hall booted the ball in past Covington Latin goalkeeper Nick Readnour. It was Hall's 32nd goal of the season.
There were several shots on goal by Carroll in the first half, mainly by David Marshall and Mark Ogburn. More times than not, Readnour and others were there to defend.
The first half ended 1-0 but that didn't last long as the Panthers scored with 38:48 remaining on a goal by senior Cody Cruz off an assist by senior Mark Ogburn.
"That was a nice goal and nice assist by two seniors," Carroll County coach Ben Crutcher said.
For the remainder of the contest, Carroll goalkeeper Cody Damron thwarted every shot on goal including a laser inside the two-minute mark as late in the contest the Panthers were able to control the ball and secure the win.
"It was a good win for senior night," Crutcher said. "It was a good game and everybody played well but we didn't execute as well as we should have.
"We had good passing and we moved like we we're used to doing in practice but we didn't practice enough on pushing the ball in the net," Crutcher added.
Crutcher credited teamwork as the key to the win.
"We moved the ball well and played to the open spaces. Eventually, we were able to push the ball through a couple of times for the win," he said.
With the win, Carroll County turns its attentions on the postseason, which begins on Monday at Henry County.
The Panthers (12-8-1) open defense of their 2012 district title against Gallatin County. Carroll County owns a pair of shutout wins over Gallatin (5-14-0) and has a 5-1 record in district play with the lone district loss coming 2-1 to Owen County (4-15-0).
"It's been a good year for us," Crutcher said. "We're doing really well coming off last year's 15-8 season and I'm confident we have what it takes to repeat and go on to regional play. If we play hard, this coming week should be successful."