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It’s called the beautiful game. In that respect, Carroll County girls’ soccer coach Wayne Edmonds was 100 percent half-right.
After a nondescript first half, Carroll County put together what Edmonds described to his players afterward as “a beautiful half of soccer” as the Cavaliers defeated Galax 3-0 in a nonconference game at Galax High School.
“The first half we just didn’t go to the ball, and [Galax] was winning almost every ball,” Edmonds said as his team claimed its first victory and improved to 1-2 on the year. “We talked about that at halftime, that we had to win every ball, and the second half was a lot better than the first.”
Nor did it take very long. After a scoreless 40 minutes, Carroll County’s Mayra Arellano scored twice in the first nine minutes of the second half as the Cavaliers tallied three goals in a 12-minute span after intermission. Arellano came up with a steal just outside of the 18 as the Tide was in the process of clearing. Left with an unobstructed goal, Arellano didn’t rush but rather calmly put the ball in from some 15 yards out for the game’s first score, coming in the 43rd minute.
Carroll County had a pair of unfulfilled scoring opportunities before converting on a chance that may keep Edmonds in the coaching racket for a while.
“It was beautiful,” he said. “Beautiful.”
Gracie Puckett gouged the ball free from a Galax forward near the midfield stripe and quickly worked her way up the left sideline to midway between the corner and the post. Puckett had nearly run out of real estate and was just a few feet from the end line when she centered to Arellano, who was free at the back post. Arellano, herself just a couple of feet off of the line, popped the feed in to the open back side of the goal with 31 minutes remaining for a 2-0 Carroll County lead.
“Gracie crossed it over and Mayra was there,” Edmonds said. “That was gorgeous. That makes you want to coach, when things like that happen.”
Galax coach George Edmondson saw some motivating things as well.
“Our girls are better than that,” he said. “Carroll is a good team but we’ve played better. We go over so many of these little things that we know, but we start playing to the style of whatever team it is we’re playing against.
“We need to find it within ourselves to figure out who we are and start playing like we can play, every day.”
Galax (1-4-2) Spent more than its fair share of time in its offensive zone but struggled creating scoring chances and put just four shots on goal out of eight total attempts.
“That’s been our biggest problem all season,” Edmondson said. “We’ve been trying to do some kind of possession game but we get sucked into the style of play that is common in this area. We have the speed and we have the skill to possess the ball, but we’re struggling as far as finishing.”
Cavalier keeper Aubrey Marshall registered four saves. Trinece Bryson came up with six saves for the Maroon Tide as Carroll County outshot Galax 21-8.
“We’re very strong on defense this year, even off the bench,” Edmonds said. “They bear down when the ball comes at them. And of course our keeper, that was her first shutout. She’s a gem, she really is.”
Carroll County 3, Galax 0
Halftime – Carroll County 0, Galax 0.
Scoring: CC – Arellano 43’ (unassisted); CC – Arellano 49’ (G.Puckett); CC – Puckett 55’ (McMillian).
Shots (on goal) 21(9) 8(4)
Fouls 10 5
Corner kicks 3 3
Offsides 5 0
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0
Saves 6 4
Saves – (CC) Marshall 4; (Gx) Bryson 6.