Carmel girls soccer team’s state title repeat bid falls short

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Carmel High School’s 10 senior girls soccer players flirted with a perfect ending.

The No. 1 Greyhounds’ bid to repeat as Class 3A champions fell just short with a 1-0 loss to No. 2 Noblesville Nov. 2 in the title game at Fishers High School.

Carmel finished 18-1-3 after going 20-1-2 in 2018.

“They’re a special group,” Greyhounds coach Frank Dixon said of his seniors. “They get along like family. They’ve been great to work with all through the years but particularly this year. It was ‘let’s get this thing done’ and they did their best at it.”

Six of the Greyhounds’ seniors plan to play in college, including four at Division I. The four committed to Division I schools are Kelsie James and Cassidy Eckstein, Valparaiso, Emma Antonie, Wright State and Morgan Parker, Western Michigan. James led the Greyhounds with 19 goals.

Senior Olivia Fray, who was named the Class 3A Mental Attitude Award winner, plans to study child psychology and education at Purdue.

“It’s well-deserved,” Dixon said. “She’s a quiet kind of kid. A lot of times soccer is these girls’ lives. Not Olivia, she did all kinds of things.”

Fray, a three-year starter, is involved in several activities, including Dance Marathon Dance Leader, and is a member of Student Government Cabinet. She was named Academic All-State last season.

Carmel outshot Noblesville 14-11.

“They scored a great goal and we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” Dixon said.

Dixon expects his returnees to be hungry.

“It’s rare you can make it three times in a row, but that’s going to be the goal,” he said.

CHS boys runners 2nd

Carmel finished second in the state boys cross country meet Nov. 2 at Terre Haute. Since 2012, Carmel boys have won five state titles and finished second the other three times.

Greyhounds freshman Kole Mathison placed 11th and senior Grant Moon finished 15th. Senior Austin Throckmartin was the next highest Greyhound in 40th.

Carmel finished third in the girls portion of state meet. Freshman Jamie Klopstad was the top finisher in 28th place. Junior Brooklynn Edwards was 39th and senior Phoebe Bates placed 58th. Bates, who recently committed to compete for Indiana University next season, was second in the state meet as a sophomore.

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