SAVE: Carroll County goalkeeper Cody Damron zeroes in on a save during Tuesday’s home match against North Oldham. Damron was under fire all night in the Panthers’ 8-1 loss. (Staff photo by David Hill)
SAVE: Carroll County goalkeeper Cody Damron zeroes in on a save during Tuesday’s home match against North Oldham. Damron was under fire all night in the Panthers’ 8-1 loss. (Staff photo by David Hill)
The Carroll County Panthers' soccer team, undefeated in two games heading into Tuesday's match in Carrollton with North Oldham, found out first-hand why the Mustangs were ranked 25th in the state.

North used its passing to control the ball most of the game and was able to poke the ball through the net when it needed to, posting an 8-1 victory.

"They did a great job passing and using a triangle formation," said Carroll County head coach Ben Crutcher. "Them passing the ball around exhausted us toward the end of the match."

The match was tied at one after North's Hunter Wafford scored and Carroll's Michael Hall matched him at the 20-minute mark of the first half, but it didn't stay tied for long. Wafford soon after scored another pair of goals to complete a hat trick and give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead.

North's Will Allen scored his first of two goals with 15:20 left in the opening half for the 4-1 advantage the Mustangs would enjoy at halftime.

On the strength of several blocks and saves by Carroll County goalkeeper Cody Damron and good all-around defensive play, the Panthers were able to keep North from scoring until late in the game, when substitutes were used in place of the fatigued starters.

North Oldham's David Cottrell scored a pair of goals within a minute's time late in the second half to give his team a 6-1 lead. Allen and Cottrell scored the final two goals in the waning moments of the contest.

Crutcher saw several things that were upsetting during the contest.

"I didn't think we played with a lot of intensity or fire - we were just flat," he said.

On the positive side, Crutcher said goalkeeper Cody Damron and backup Austin Crank made some good saves and he praised their effort.

The Panthers return to action Thursday at Shelby County.

Madison boys beat Creek

Madison boys soccer made all the right adjustments on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Silver Creek on the road, 4-1.

"We started off slow and had a hard time organizing on a nice, but much smaller field," said Madison coach Jeff Gleeson. "But we finally broke through."

The Cubs struck 25 minutes into the first, when Rily Rathje connected on a goal. Five minutes later, Dalton Grossman took a through ball from Tucker Robinson to give Madison a 2-0 lead.

Silver Creek responded with two minutes remaining in the first half. After the Cubs were whistled for a foul in the box, Noah Spencer's penalty kick hit the net to cut the Madison lead in half.

Despite giving up a goal in the first half, Madison only allowed the Dragons to take three shots. But in the second half, Silver Creek never even got off a shot as the Cubs' defense turned up the heat, allowing the offense to add to the lead.

En route to outshooting Silver Creek 9-0 in the second half, Madison picked up two more goals to preserve the victory. Rathje connected on his second goal of the day and Zach Lute's assist to Robinson led to the final score of 4-1.

Madison (2-0) travels to Jennings County on Thursday.

Madison girls fall at East

Columbus East scored seven goals in the first half and rolled to an 11-0 win over Madison in girls soccer on Tuesday.

The Olympians got goals from 11 different players in the rout.

Madison, now 2-2 on the season, hosts Switzerland County on Thursday.

Lady Rebels blanked 10-0

Southwestern's girls soccer team ran into a major roadblock on Tuesday, dropping its 2013 home opener to Silver Creek 10-0.

Southwestern will continue their search for their first win of the season when it hosts Switzerland County in an Ohio River Valley Conference match today.