Carroll soccer

Carroll’s Sarah Mullins fights for possession against Bellmont.

Lots of games and little rest didn’t slow down Carroll in a 6-1 victory over Bellmont in non-conference girls soccer action Sept. 24.

The loss ended a three game winning streak for the Braves, who dropped to 6-2-2.

The Chargers were in the midst of a grueling 10-game schedule in 18 days. That includes four games in seven days.

In the COVID-19 pandemic era, teams including Bellmont and Carroll were sent scrambling to reschedule. In order to fit games in, it made for a jam-packed rush to the end of the season.

That didn’t seem to matter for the Chargers who scored two goals in less than 10 minutes to set the tone early. They didn’t need much more. Maddy Welker scored a pair of goals for the Chargers.

The win included goals by Karissa Llamas, Alex Shaw, Leila Mojtahedi, Alena Nelson and two by Welker.

Carroll Head Coach Rick Smith said Carroll played with the starters. “We are up and down offensively. We put in a different line up — (one) that we’ve not done in the past and that seemed to work. We scored two real quick, lets see if we continue playing this way.”

Bellmont coach Steve Lee pointed to self-inflicted Bellmont errors that gave the Chargers control early.

“The four goals that went in in the first half were all mistakes on us. We made it easy,” he said. “The first goal got us out of position. The second goal looked like an own goal. I don’t know if they scored it that way.”

“I was happy with the first 20. Then we got a little sloppy,” Smith said. “Then I was happy with the first 20 of the second half.”

Carroll was energized. Bellmont not so much, according to Lee.

“They played tough tonight. We’ve had four games this week. We had some very heavy legs at the beginning of the game. We played everyone on the bench tonight.”

Smith was excited by his team’s pace. “Our speed of play is better than it’s been. That’s been our problem on and off all year — our speed of play. If we play fast it’s pretty good. If it’s slow it’s not as good.”

That’s essential heading into the sectional.

On Saturday, Carroll notched a 3-2 win over Concord to improve to 10-5 on the season. Llamas scored two goals for Carroll. Alex Shaw added a pair of assists.

The Chargers were back in action at Warsaw on Sept. 29.

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