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Braves dominate Carroll, Scott

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By Ryan Naus

With a shutdown defense and electric offense, the Grant County boys’ soccer team took down Carroll County and Scott County.

The Braves defeated Carroll County 6-1 on Aug. 25.

Four players scored goals for Grant County as Anthony Clouse (two), Lincoln Howe (two), Phillip Clough (one) and Brian Chapman (one) keyed the Braves’ attack.

“Although we were up, Carroll still played hard, but I was pleased with our progress,” coach Dempsey Schlueter said. “Cory Kearns didn’t see much action in goal, but when he did, he did an excellent job. Early in the season, it’s nice to see everyone come together and work as a team.”

The Braves hosted Scott County on Aug. 27 and won 2-0.

Clouse again led the Braves, scoring both goals which made seven in the team’s first four games, while the defense held Scott County scoreless.

“After halftime, I told our defense that we had to match their intensity and we did a good job,” Schlueter said. “It wasn’t only our defense, but also our midfielders dropping back to help. That wasn’t the case against Holy Cross, but we came out ready to go.”

After the team’s dominating wins, the Braves fell 2-1 to Campbell County on Aug. 29. The team disagreed with some of the calls, but learned they need to keep their composure and keep playing.

“We didn’t play our best, but we have to learn to keep our cool and stay focused,” senior Neal Koebcke said. “Our defense is solid but we’re giving up too many uncontested shots. It’s nice to see our offense start strong. This will help us down the road because we know we can compete with tough opponents. We’ve got a lot of goals that we are still hoping to accomplish.”

“We’re going to take a lot from this game as players and coaches,” Schlueter said. “Things didn’t go our way and it got into everybody’s heads, but we didn’t play our game and we let it affect us too much. But we’re going to fix that.”

Christian Cain scored the lone goal for the Braves.

Schlueter believes the team can still work to improve on their possession and can still improve with every practice and every game.

“I’m seeing improvements with every day,” Schlueter said. “It’s carrying over to our games and we’re learning something new with each game.”