FORT WAYNE – The chances came early for both the Carroll and Canterbury boys soccer teams.
It was the Cavaliers, though, who took advantage in a 4-0 road win Tuesday.
I don’t know if the score reflected the game, Canterbury coach Greg Mauch said. They had some great chances early, and they didn’t finish. They certainly could have made it a different feel. We got some chances, and we finished ours.
As the game went on in the second half, we played better and better. We didn’t give up much in the second half in terms of opportunities compared to the first half, so we made progress there.
Canterbury took a 3-0 first-half lead.
I felt like early on we had as many chances as they did, but they capitalized on theirs and we didn’t, Carroll coach Rollie Clements said. That was probably the biggest difference. They have quality kids, so you can’t give them cheap shots, and they put them away.
Freshman Akil Watts led the Cavaliers with two goals, while fellow freshman Logan Lee and senior Ryley DeJong also scored.
We just wanted to come out and show we were pretty good, Watts said. We just wanted to shut them out at their own place. It gives us a big confidence boost. This was good.
Canterbury, ranked No. 13 in Class 2A, improved to 2-0.
We are very happy with this, Mauch said. We will have to see them in the tournament but for now we will take it.
Carroll, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A, dropped to 3-1.
The question is, did we learn something from that? Clements said. We learned when we are on, we are pretty good, but our margin for error is pretty small, at least against a quality team. All the credit goes to them, they dominated the game, but we were just a little off.