With the start of classes still a few days off, Carrboro’s boys soccer team wasn’t expecting a big turnout for its first home game of the regular season. The handful of student students who did make it to Jaguar Stadium got to see plenty of offensive action as Carrboro blanked South Granville 9-0 Wednesday.
Six different Jaguars scored, with senior captain Ryan Laatz, midfielder Michael Donovan and junior Frae Day Moo each scoring a goal in both the first and second half. Donovan’s second goal, coming with 3:17 left on the second-half clock, ended the game early by virtue of the NCHSAA’s mercy rule.
Carrboro (1-0-1) also got goals from sophomore Serdar Calikoglu and junior Nick Jones in the first half, giving the Jaguars a 5-0 lead. Chad Osborne added a goal 4 minutes and 40 seconds into the second half to make it a 6-0 game.
Calikoglu and Jones previously scored one goal apiece in Carrboro’s 2-2 draw at Cedar Ridge.
The game was the first for South Granville (0-1-0) with former football coach Don Colgan as a soccer head coach. Colgan, also the school’s athletics director, tried to hire a replacement for Blake Neumann, who left last spring, but his final choice turned down the Vikings just weeks before Wednesday’s season opener.
“I’m going to do it,” Colgan said, noting the job opening was still posted. “If I find the right person in midseason, then I’d step aside. But I’ve accepted it, and I’m going to do my best for our players.”
Two goals in 38 seconds broke the Vikings’ spirit. Jones scored his first with 12:20 left in the first half, giving Carrboro a 3-0 lead. Barely 30 seconds later, Moo broke away inside the penalty area and was pushed from behind. His ensuing penalty kick making it 4-0, and South Granville never recovered.
South Granville matched up well with Carrboro for the first 20 minutes, but the Vikings could not maintain any possession inside the Jaguars’ defensive half. Calikoglu scored in the 21st minute off a long pass from Camden Aguilar to break the ice. Then, 3 minutes, 32 seconds later, Laatz scored his first goal on a rebound shot from inside the penalty area.
Three who mattered
Frae Day Moo: Perhaps the quickest player in Carrboro’s lineup, the junior midfielder not only bedeviled Viking defenders, he also broke up many of their possessions near midfield and repeatedly served up good offensive chances on corner kicks.
Ryan Laatz: Like Moo, Laatz was a presence on both offense and defense. Offensively, he threatened from inside the 6-yard box on several occasions. As a defender, he helped shut out the Vikings, limiting them to almost no offensive chances.
Michael Donovan: He made the South Granville back line pay for repeated errors. His first goal came after a Viking defender tried to play the ball sideways along the 6-yard line, instead chipping it to Donovan’s feet on the other side of the box. His game-ending goal was the result of the Vikings failing to pick up Marwin Obeid, who played the ball forward to Donovan, again near the 6-yard box.
By the numbers
49: shots by Carrboro, 17 on-goal.
0: shots by South Granville
18: corner kicks for Carrboro
1: corner kicks for South Granville
50: the approximate number of spectators at Jaguar Stadium, not counting the football and field hockey players who dropped in as they ended their respective practices.
They said it
“We can’t say, ‘Hey, we won 9-0. We’re good.’ We’ve still got a lot left to practice.” Carrboro head coach Jared Drexler, speaking to his team after the game.
South Granville (0-1-0) hosts Cedar Ridge (0-1-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Carrboro (1-1-0) hosts North Johnston (1-1-0) at 6 p.m. Monday.