GEORGETOWN – The amazing season added an unforgettable finish.
The Carroll Dragons boys’ soccer team completed an undefeated journey in 2011 with a 2-0 victory over Round Rock McNeil in the Class 5A state championship Saturday in Georgetown. Carroll (28-0-3) earned its first 5A title and second in the program’s history (4A in 2001).
After a scoreless first half, the Dragons found the offensive breakthrough they needed with 21:56 left in the game. Junior midfielder Karl de Zoeten scored on a header off sophomore Alec Petit’s corner kick. Meanwhile, the Dragons’ defense stifled McNeil’s scoring chances behind standout junior goalie Oshick Shams, who was named Most Valuable Player.
During the playoffs, Shams allowed just three goals in seven games and produced shutouts in Carroll’s final five playoff games. The Dragons had a school-record 22 shutouts this season and its was the Dragons second shutout of McNeil after a 2-0 win early in the season. Carroll outscored teams 118-10 this season. Matt Leach, de Zoeten and Mac McGuire weere chosen to the all-tournament team.
The Dragons added an insurance goal by McGuire — the team’s leading scorer — at the 3:30 mark when he outran a defender and blasted in the Dragons’ second goal.
Carroll coach Greg Oglesby, who started the school’s program, earned his second title while making his fourth trip to the state tournament. The Dragons return several key players next season including Shams, de Zoeten, Alec Petit and Juan Carlos Flores.