Women’s football wins everything

Starting six freshmen and just one senior sounds like an experiment for a team in rebuilding mode with unlikely playoff hopes. But for the 2022 Carroll Women’s Soccer Team, an abundance of young talent and dangerous veterans proved the perfect mix to win a state championship.

With six freshmen, three sophomores, a junior and a senior, the Lady Dragons (23-1-4) won the 6A state title on April 16. The Lady Dragons are past their years, especially on defense. Colvin started a back four of Abigail Mills and Parker Wilkerson (freshmen), as well as Kaylie Harris and Carly Walter (sophomores). Rookie Olivia Geller started 18 games as a goaltender, allowing just four goals.

Their scoring ability proved equally impressive. Led by senior forward and star four-year-old Hanna Khan (18 goals, 8 assists, 73 shots) and freshman forward Kennedy Fuller (14 goals, 15 assists, 65 shots), Carroll topped opponents in the district 53-5 to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Khan, the only freshman on Carroll’s 2019 winning team, capped off her high school career with a second title. She and the other five seniors helped set an example for the talented young team.

“If I had to identify one thing that was important to us winning a championship this year, it was that the seniors were able to steer the ship the right way,” said head coach Matt Colvin.

SEASON RECAP

Shuouts and defensive dominance were the names of the game in Carroll’s girls’ soccer team race to the 6A State Championship. Looking tough all season, Carroll (23-1-4) upped the defensive intensity in the playoffs, allowing just one goal in seven games and beating playoff foes 26-1.

Carroll kept that momentum going until defeating Rockwall 4-0 in the state championship, giving the Lady Dragons their third overall title and second state trophy in four years.

“They just had this killer instinct mentality,” head coach Matt Colvin said. “Once they smelled blood in the water, they went after him.”

Once in the playoffs, a second-round contest with Wolfforth Frenship helped solidify the Lady Dragons’ momentum going forward. Facing a tough Frenship team and 50mph gusts of wind, Carroll held on for a 3-1 win.

“We had never faced these conditions, and [Frenship is] a very strong team,” says Colvin. “After we’re done [that challenge]confidence was at an all-time high for the year.

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