GOAL SERVICE: Carroll County’s Amelia Service (above, 14) threads a goal shot past Switzerland County keeper Jordan Scott and defenders McKayla Harris (17) and Kaitlyn Yeary (16) and battles with Yeary and Rylee Hawkins (right, 12) in the Panthers’ 3-0 win over the Pacers Monday in Carrollton. (Staff photo by James Pence)
GOAL SERVICE: Carroll County’s Amelia Service (above, 14) threads a goal shot past Switzerland County keeper Jordan Scott and defenders McKayla Harris (17) and Kaitlyn Yeary (16) and battles with Yeary and Rylee Hawkins (right, 12) in the Panthers’ 3-0 win over the Pacers Monday in Carrollton. (Staff photo by James Pence)
Carroll County girls soccer started off strong with two first half goals to set the tone in a 3-0 win over visiting Switzerland County on Monday in Carrollton.

“Myself and the other coaches were talking and I told them that if we could get a quick goal, it would be a huge confidence builder for the girls,” said Carroll coach Josh Noble. “With only having so many girls on the team, it is hard to fight when you have so few people. Switzerland County had some size. They have some very athletic girls but they only had 13 or 14 girls, too, and they played their hearts out. That’s hard in an 80-minute game with only a couple subs.”

The Panthers got on the board in the 11th minute when Kaycee Polley scored on a breakaway run that didn’t leave Pacers goalkeeper Jordan Scott much of a chance. Later in the 33rd minute, Amelia Service added a second first half goal to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Switzerland County saw its best scoring opportunity early in the second half when in the 48th minute Raylinn Kappes sent a shot at the goal from the right side of the field that hit the post and rebounded right back out. The Pacers then didn’t have many more opportunities the rest of the game.

In the 76th minute, Carroll added one last goal when Lily Young booted the ball from the right side of the goal into the net for the 3-0 final margin.

The Panthers, winners of just four games last year, are now 2-2 just a couple of weeks into the season.

“We got ourselves two wins in the last seven days and we have ourselves a nice bunch of kids,” Noble said. “A bunch of young kids and a bunch of upperclassmen that are willing to teach the younger kids on the team.”

Switzerland County coach Tully Anderson said the Pacers just didn’t take advantage of the few opportunities that they had Monday.

“We’re a young team in rebuilding mode the last two years. We were going to let these girls play,” Anderson said. “One thing is that we are not used to turf. We played a good team today and we hope to have them again in our tournament we play in September to see where we are at. (Carroll County) took advantage of their opportunities and it was a closer game than what the score said. We’re happy with our freshman and we will work on fixing our mistakes in practice.”

Carroll now visits Paris at 6 p.m. Wednesday while Switzerland County (0-1) hosts Southwestern at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Lady Rebs drop opener

Southwestern’s girls soccer team lost its season opener 4-1 to Milan on Monday in Hanover.

Mary Schroeder scored the lone goal for the Rebels on a penalty kick after Olivia Bruce was fouled in the box.

“We have a young team and they were nervous to start,” said Southwestern coach Nancy Totten. “I am proud of them and look forward to the season.”

Southwestern (0-1) travels to Switzerland County at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Other Games ...

Shawe’s co-ed soccer team lost its season opener to South Dearborn 4-0 on Monday in Madison.

Switzerland County’s boys soccer team lost 4-0 to Jac-Cen-Del on Monday in Osgood.

All four goals scored by the Eagles came in the first half as Jordan Meyer had two goals and Justin Sweeney and Ryan Wilson added a goal each.

Shawe (0-1) hosts South Ripley Wednesday. Switzerland County (0-1) visits Rising Sun Thursday.