Team effort has Carrboro approaching title match
Division I college soccer coaches aren't beating down the doors at Carrboro High School.
But the Jaguars have some guys who know how to play the game. They play as a team, and they're a game away from competing for the 2-A title at N.C. State's Dail Soccer Field on Saturday.
No. 7 Carrboro (17-5-2) beat Clinton 1-0 this past Saturday, advancing to today’s semifinal match in Kill Devil Hills against No. 1 First Flight (22-0).
"Were going to have to play real, real well to beat First Flight," Carrboro coach Jared Drexler said. "We're gonna need to bring it."
Of particular concern for Carrboro is First Flight having succeeded where the Jags failed, Drexler said.
Back in September, N.C. School of Science and Mathematics beat Carrboro 4-3.
Over the weekend, First Flight beat NCSSM 2-0.
First Flight is top-shelf.
"We're going to have to play perfect," Drexler said.
That's what the Jaguars did against Clinton, Drexler said. Carrboro played team ball, as opposed to standing around watching one or two superstars make moves, he said.
“We don't have a guy going D-I,” Drexler said. "Sometimes people rely too much on their stars. But we've got really good players."
Drexler said he wouldn't be opposed to having a stud or two on his squad, but he's comfortable rolling with the guys he has.
“We've got really good players, but not that superstar,” Drexler said.
The Jaguars played for a state championship a year ago, losing to Cuthbertson, located in Waxhaw.
There’s a high standard for Carrboro soccer, that benchmark established by former Jaguars coach Mark Kadlecik.
Kadlecik took Carrboro on deep runs in the playoffs. There’s an expectation for the Jags to keep winning, Kadlecik’s presence still permeating the team, Drexler said.
"Some pretty big shoes to fill," Drexler said. "There's a little pressure there. Mark's a good coach. I learned a lot from him."