“We'd been getting shots all night,” said Carroll coach Rollie Clements. “We pulled a defender and put in an extra attacker with about 16 minutes to play. The guys scrapped and pulled it out.”
Britt Watts scored both goals for Canterbury, which came into the game ranked seventh in this week's Indiana Soccer Coaches Association poll. The Cavaliers are in Class 2A this year after winning the Class A state championship the last two years.
“If Watts isn't the best player in the state, he's right there in the conversation” said Clements. “We knew if he got away from us it would be trouble.
“He got away from us twice and scored. He actually got away a third time, but our keeper (Patrick T'Kindt) made the save.”
Carroll outshot Canterbury 26-12 including 15-6 in shots on goal.
“We had more depth,” added Clements. “I think we wore them down.”
Canterbury fell to 2-1 on the season while Carroll is 2-0-2.
“If I could convince the state to play 78 minute games, we'd be 4-0,” joked Clements. “In both our ties (West Noble and Penn) we were ahead with two minutes to go but didn't hold on.”
The Northeast Hoosier Conference of which Carroll is a member has two teams in the Class 2A top 20 (DeKalb is eighth and Homestead is 19th).
“We're hoping to be in that mix as the season goes on,” said Clements.
Carroll begins NHC play Thursday at Norwell.