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In winning its fifth match in six outings Monday, Galax utilized soccer’s version of the carpet-bombing technique. The Maroon Tide put enough ordnance in the general vicinity, and two or three projectiles were able to find the target.
Galax fired 21 shots inside the goal mouth Monday afternoon and was able to get three of them to hit nylon – two by Marleigh Durham – as the Maroon Tide took a 3-0 nondistrict win over Carroll County.
The Maroon Tide remained undefeated on the year with five wins, its only blemish a 2-2 tie Friday with Pulaski County.
Carroll County freshman goalkeeper Cassie Frazier was thrown into the fire with the injury last week to regular starter Hope Bowers, and though Frazier was unable to come out with a win in her first start, Cavalier coach Wayne Edmonds must certainly feel secure in the future of his program’s netminding.
“She couldn’t stop them all, but for a freshman, I couldn’t ask for any more,” Edmonds said. “She really stepped up today. At halftime she had I think 13 saves. Hope got hurt up at Graham on Thursday, and Cassie stepped in and did a great job.”
Frazier finished her busy afternoon with 18 saves and had little chance to affect the three shots that made it past her. Galax took the lead with a well-executed play resulting in Durham’s first score. Alexandra Morena drove deep into the left side and sent a perfectly-placed cross to the backside of the goal to Durham, whose one-timer from short range put the Maroon Tide on top to stay 17 minutes into the match.
“For us to be successful we have to spread the ball,” Galax coach Troy Barkley said. “We have good athletes out wide and when we spread the ball it opens things up. The more we do that the better we’re going to play.”
Galax peppered the Cavalier goal the remainder of the half, with Frazier stopping a Tide shot seemingly every other minute as Galax had 10 first-half shots on goal to Carroll’s one.
“We have to learn to take advantage of the opportunities we have,” Barkley said. “We’re taking a lot of shots on goal but we’re not scoring a lot. We start putting some more of those in the net we’ll be pretty successful.”
Frazier and the Cavalier back line kept Carroll within a goal for much of the second half until a pair of late goals sealed the win for Galax. In the 52nd minute, a Sonia Solis corner kick was deflected off the crossbar and Chantasy Cottrell was in the right spot to tuck in the rebound for a 2-0 lead.
The Cavaliers had several pushes led by Summer Rigney and Lindsay Brumfield that came up empty, then five minutes before the final horn, Durham won a loose ball inside the 18 box and sent a high shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and into the goal for the final margin.
“Marleigh’s really starting to learn where she needs to be,” said Barkley, the Tide coach during the program’s entire three-year history. “We’re such a young program we’re starting to figure it out. I think we’re going to score more goals if we keep pressing it wide, those opportunities will show up more.”
Carroll County remains in search of its first win after four matches.
“We came off some very tough road games and they’re pretty beat up,” said Edmonds, who was missing five players with various injuries. “But I am so proud of the way they played today. The score didn’t reflect it, but they played good.”
Pulaski Co. 2, Galax 2: Sonia Solis scored both goals for the Maroon Tide but the Cougars were able to mar Galax’s perfect record with a nondistrict tie Friday in Galax.
Solis scored one goal on a penalty kick and another on a direct kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Abbi Ponce had 11 saves for Galax.
Galax 3, Carroll Co. 0
Scoring summary: Gal – Durham 23’ (Morena); Gal – Cottrell 52’ (unassisted); Gal – Durham 75’ (unassisted).
Shots (on goal) 5(2) 27(21)
Fouls 2 5
Corner kicks 0 6
Offsides 0 4
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0
Saves 18 2