Cavaliers finish on high note

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Carroll's girls took a 9-1 win over Grundy; boys team blanked the Wave 4-0 in regular season finale.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

HILLSVILLE -- The Carroll County soccer teams put exclamation points on their seasons and their Southwest District schedules Thursday night with a pair of easy wins over Grundy in a SWD double-header at Tommy Thompson Field. The Cavalier girls found themselves in a battle early against the Golden Wave, deadlocked 1-1 after nearly 30 minutes before exploding for a 9-1 win shortened by 11 minutes by the slaughter rule.  “Since it was senior night I had to move the roster around a little bit to get all the seniors in, but gosh, didn’t they play good,” Carroll County coach Wayne Edmonds said. “They really played wonderful. I’m tickled to death with them. It’s a great way to end the season, and hopefully we can carry this momentum into Monday when we go to…whoever it is we face.” The Cavaliers finished with the No. 6 seed and will open SWD tournament play today at Tazewell. The winner of that match faces the Graham-Grundy winner in Tuesday’s semifinals. The bulk of the first half was a standoff, with Baily Leonard scoring off of a Cynthia Arellano corner kick 13 minutes in and Grundy answering with a tying goal 10 minutes later. But the rest of the match belonged to the Cavaliers. Beginning with an Arellano score, Carroll County scored three goals in the final 13 minutes of the first half to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the break. Arellano’s goal was followed by a score off a direct kick by Lauren Roper seven minutes before the half. Chelsea Bobbitt added a goal in stoppage time for the three-goal lead. Arellano ignited a five-goal second half for the Cavaliers by converting on a breakaway in the 42nd minute. Sarah Broyles converted a Summer Rigney assist three minutes later and Arellano completed her hat trick a few minutes later. “I don’t know how many goals she’s scored for us, but she’s been right up there as a leading scorer since she started varsity,” Edmonds said. “She’s had probably two or three hat tricks before this, so she’s a scorer. She’s been in a little bit of a scoring slump this year, but it’s good to see her going out as a senior with a hat trick.” Rigney was on the finishing end for an 8-1 lead in the 55th minute, and Suzanne Leonard connected four minutes later, putting the spread at eight goals and ending the match. BOYS Carroll County 4, Grundy 0: The Cavaliers were fortunate to go into the half with a two-goal lead over the fledgling Golden Wave, but were never seriously threatened with losing their No. 3 seeding in winning the nightcap Thursday. Carroll County was on top to stay just two minutes into the match when sophomore Cody Jones took a Jonathan Snow pass and popped it into the net. Josh Hawks and Lucas Webb connected on a beautiful scoring play nine minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Webb, deep in the right corner, lofted a centering pass to directly in front of the Grundy goal and Hawks was there to head the ball past Golden Wave keeper Coogan Thompson, who had his hands full most of the night with the constantly-charging Cavaliers. Despite the quick start by the Cavaliers, Thompson more than held his own for the remainder of the half, but the Golden Wave seldom threatened offensively. Grundy attempted a couple of direct kicks deep in Cavalier territory but that was it until moments before the half when the Wave’s Jordan Hutchinson was fouled inside the 18-yard box. Carroll starting keeper Zack Surratt had been pulled from goal and placed at forward, but reserve goalie Alex Campbell deftly blocked Hutchinson’s penalty kick and pounced on the rebound to preserve the shutout. A Ulises Moreno feed set up Snow early in the second half, and Snow delicately popped the ball over a charging Thompson and under the crossbar for a 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half. Brennen Gravley capped the scoring five minutes later with an unassisted goal. Carroll County kept the ball in its offensive end of the field for more than three-fourths of the game and peppered the Grundy net, outshooting the Golden Wave 27-6, including 13-4 in shots on goal. Carroll County will enter the tournament with the No. 3 seed and host Grundy again today. The winner will then face the winner between No. 6 Richlands and No. 2 Marion on Tuesday.   BOYS Carroll County 4, Grundy 0 Scoring summary: CC – Jones 2’ (Snow); CC – Hawks 11’ (Webb); CC – Snow 55’ (Moreno); CC – Gravley 60’ (unassisted). 


                                 Gru        CC Shots (on goal)          6(4)     27(13) Fouls                           1           9 Corner kicks                0           6 Offsides                      0           2 Yellow cards               0           0 Red cards                   0           0 Saves                         8           3