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HILLSVILLE -- Laken Hall and Cynthia Arrellano combined for three goals and two assists Monday as Carroll County blanked Galax 5-0 in a nondistrict girls’ soccer match at Tommy Thompson Field.
“We were coming off a really tough loss to Patrick County,” said Cavalier coach Wayne Edmonds. “We played hard, we just didn’t put it all together. Tonight we put it together. We kept pressure on them, I think we were on their side of the field most of the second half, we went deep into our bench, and I’m just proud of them.”
Following 20 scoreless minutes, Hall struck twice in a span of five minutes, both on assists from Arrellano. Carroll County (1-1) took the lead for good on a corner kick, with Arrelano’s kick finding Hall on the back side. Hall’s shot trickled under the mitts of Galax keeper Abbie Ponce for a 1-0 Cavalier lead.
In the 26th minute, Arrellano found Hall near the front of the Tide net, and Hall tucked a well-placed shot just inches inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage that would stand through the first half.
“It’s going to take time,” said Galax coach Troy Barkley. “We’ve only been in this for three weeks, and it can take years to build a program. They’ve made strides since we’ve started, but it’ll take time. We’ve just got to have patience with something like this.”
The Cavaliers added three goals in the first 22 minutes of the second half. Sarah Broyles was the beneficiary of a poorly-cleared ball deep in Galax territory. Broyles gathered the Tide pass in front of the Galax goal and popped it in for a 3-0 lead. Ten minutes later, a Cavalier corner kick rattled around in the Galax box before finding its way to Arrellano, who fired from the 18 into the lower left corner.
Kelsey Pickett capped the scoring in the 42nd minute, redirecting a Yadira Morales corner kick into the net for the final 5-0 margin.
Playing just the third match in the program’s history, Galax was held to one shot on goal. Carroll County pressured its way to 12 corner kicks and 14 shots, 10 of them on goal.
“[Keeper] Kristina [Wiles] got her first shutout, and our back line was just awesome all day,” Edmonds said. “Marcie [Rojas] and Lauren [Roper] and Bailey [Leonard] were tough.”
Ponce made five saves on the day for the Tide (0-3), and was aided in the box by stopper Helen Espinoza, who cleared numerous Cavalier advances before any damage could be done.
Halftime – Carroll County 2, Galax 0. Goals (time/assist) – Carroll County: Hall (21/Arrellano, 26/Arrellano), Broyles (44/none), Arrellano (55/none), Pickett (62/Morales). Shots (on goal) – Galax 1 (1), Carroll County 14 (10). Offsides – Galax none, Carroll County 6. Fouls – Galax 5, Carroll County 8. Corner kicks – Galax 1, Carroll County 12. Cards – none.