Carrboro comes up short in state 2-A boys' soccer semifinal
Carrboro’s hopes for a boys’ 2-A soccer title took a beating from the weather and No. 1 seed and undefeated First Flight High School here Tuesday night 3-1.
The East Regional title goes to First Flight (23-0) which will play for the state 2-A title this weekend.
Carrboro, last year’s state runner-up under since-departed coach Mark Kadlecik, rebounded from a 2-4-2 start this season to come within a win of last year’s state title appearance and finished at 17-6-2 — 15-2-0 after the first eight games.
“We had a tough schedule at the beginning of the year, no doubt about it, but we definitely turned it around,” first-year Carrboro coach Jared Drexler said. “First Flight is a very strong team. There’s no shame losing to a team like that.”
Drexler said Carrboro’s five-hour drive to the Outer Banks Tuesday afternoon and the windy, chilly conditions that greeted the team did the No. 7 seeded Jaguars no favors.
“We were not quite at our best,” Drexler said. “The five-hour drive — the windy conditions, something we’re not used to ... it all worked against us. They scored a couple of goals in the first half and we couldn’t possess it at all. We had to really scrap through it.
“We finally got one (goal) back, then hit the post right after that. ... But at that point, we had to sub out our best defensive player (James Carpenter, upper body injury) and shuffled some guys around. They added the third goal and that pretty much did it. We had some chances, but just couldn’t score.”
Luke Hickey scored Carrboro’s only goal, assisted by Walker Harrison.