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HILLSVILLE -- If not for the fact that it is used as an actual soccer term, ‘shootout’ would have fit nicely in Carroll County’s win Monday over Graham.
With 11 total goals scored, it is quite suitable nonetheless.
Goals came early, often and in bunches at Tommy Thompson Field as the Cavaliers rolled past the G-Men 7-4 in a Southwest District match.
Matt Felts and Lucas Webb combined for five goals and three assists for the Cavaliers.
Putting four shots on goal in the first four minutes and holding the Cavaliers without an attempt in the same span, it seemed only a matter of time before the G-Men would break through, but it was Carroll County that connected on its first two shots, scoring twice within two minutes. Roger Perez redirected a Stafford Worrell pass with his head to Ulises Moreno, who slammed home a shot from about 15 yards for an early Cavalier lead.
Just two minutes later, Webb lofted a long entry pass from the right side to the back corner of the Graham goal, where Felts lurked, unmarked. Felts one-timed the feed out of the air and past G-Man keeper Christian Cole for a 2-0 lead.
It didn’t take Graham long to catch up. Hunter O’Neal converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute, and five minutes later the G-Men were back even, thanks to the footwork of Landon Furry.
Furry, who was able to dribble through, around and between multiple Carroll County defenders at will, wove his way in from the left side and into a 1-on-1 situation to strike from close range, knotting the score at 2-2.
Just before halftime, Webb and Felts were able to hook up on a play identical to their first scoring combination, with Webb sending another deep feed from the right side to Felts at the back post. Felts had two defenders on him this time, but the result was the same as the G-Men were unable to clear, and Felts settled the ball and fired for a 3-2 Carroll County halftime lead.
Graham tied the match one last time seven minutes into the second half when O’Neal’s direct kick found Klint Kelly inside the 6-yard box. Kelly’s initial shot was blocked by a defenseman, but he knocked home the rebound for a 3-3 game.
The Cavaliers put the match away with two goals in two minutes by Webb. In the 50th minute, Webb controlled a free ball near the 18 line, got past Cole charging from the net and shot into an open net. A minute later, he took a Felts feed to the goal for a 5-3 Carroll County lead.
Jonathan Snow capped the scoring binge with 17 minutes remaining, heading in Worrell’s corner kick to push the gap to three goals.
Furry had one more dazzling drive, dribbling in and sending a bullet from close range just under the crossbar a minute following Snow’s goal, but that one was answered 10 minutes later when Moreno dished off to Perez, who tapped to Felts, and Felts went top shelf for the final margin.
Both teams attempted 17 shots on the night, 11 of them on goal per side. Carroll keeper Zack Surratt stopped five Graham shots while Cole gave up seven and stopped three. All four of Graham’s goals were unassisted.
Halftime – Carroll County 3, Graham 2. Goals (time/assist) – Graham: O’Neal (17:00/none), Furry (22:00/none), Kelly (47:00/none), Furry (64:00/none); Carroll County – Moreno (7:00/Perez), Felts (8:00/Webb), Felts (38:00/Webb), Webb (49:00/none), Webb (50:00/Felts), Snow (63:00/S.Worrell), Felts (74:00/Perez). Offsides – Graham 1, Carroll County none. Fouls – Graham 6, Carroll County 15. Corner kicks – Graham 4, Carroll County 3. Yellow cards – Graham (none), Carroll County (Moreno). Red cards – none.