“We left chances on the field,” Falkenberg said. “We had a chance in the first minute and a half on a throw-in that dropped inside the 6 and we didn’t get a foot on it. We had at least two more times it dropped inside the 6 to 10 on a throw-in or corner that we didn’t get anything on.
“We struggled all year with finishing. Unfortunately we just could not finish the ball.”
Argos’ only loss this season was in its first match of the year against Goshen. Fifth-year Argos coach Todd VanDerWeele talked about his school’s tradition in soccer.
“We don’t have football, have never had football. This is the 50th season we’ve had soccer,” he said. “Going to class has obviously given us a few more opportunities to advance in the tournament, before we always had to play Warsaw in the tournament. The kids start playing when they’re 4 and 5 years old and a lot of them play 12, 13 years up through high school.”
VanDerWeele was impressed with Carroll.
“Carroll took advantage of a lot of mistakes we made and put a lot of pressure on us. They didn’t give up and I was worried until the end,” he said. “They do a lot of things well. They move the ball, try to move the ball fast down the field. They’re a disciplined team and they stick to their game plan well.”
Carroll tied the school record for wins in a season, won its fifth straight Hoosier Heartland Conference title and first-ever sectional title this season. The Cougars will lose seven seniors to graduation but the future of the program remains bright.
“I had said last year our sophomore group last year, juniors this year, were the core of our team,” Falkenberg said.