It wasn't just the cold the No. 4 Lady Trojans (5-3) had to deal with, but also a strong wind that was present throughout the entire 80 minutes. Caroline Seeman had a chance in the first minute, Anna Camp took a shot just wide in the third and Ashley Adams forced a save on her shot in the eighth minute, but after that, the Lady Trojans were quiet offensively.
"It's soccer weather. Cold day, windy. Wind was a big thing. Trying to settle down and get into our game, [the wind] makes it very tough. The cold, the elements, you never know what it's like around here," Carrollton coach Drew Ebensberger said. "Came out a little sluggish in the beginning, then finally got fired up and got going. Overall, not a bad performance."
In the 29th minute, Lauren Dressander dribbled down open space and beat the Our Lady of Mercy (1-3) keeper to open up the scoring and get the Carrollton offense going a little bit. The Lady Trojans would have three more chances, but took the 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Trojans continued to dominate possession and Seeman found the goal for the 2-0 lead after Dressander passed from the left side of the box to Sarah Bryan in the middle, who continued it onto Seeman on the right seven minutes into the second half.
Eight minutes later, it was 3-0 as Dressander took Bryan's pass across the front of the net and tapped it in for her second of the night to wrap up the scoring. Dressander would come close three more times, but couldn't complete the hat trick. Even so, it was another mutli-goal game.
"Very smart player. Opportunities are open, she's constantly moving, constantly working. She does a great job of getting in there. She's being able to find the back of the net," Ebensberger said.
Carrollton will now have a week off before hosting Alexander next Tuesday for the second Region 5-AAAA match of the season.
"Next week looking to play Alexander in the second region game. Trying to look to go 2-0 in the region," Ebensberger said. "Get our legs back under us, get some practice in. Go pretty good Thursday, Friday, ease up and have the weekend off, then nice and easy Monday making sure we've got out gameplan down."