The Millers began their 2019 season with a trip to #7 ranked Carmel on Thursday night. The energy inside Murray Stadium was electric. The boys fed off this energy and came out with high intensity. At the opening kick off, the Millers played a long ball into Drew Barnes who slotted in Harry Christman for a chance on net. He was denied but it was a strong start for the Millers.
However, this energy quickly turned to nerves as the Millers started losing their identity on the field. A defensive break down saw a Carmel attacker break through the back line and get taken down inside the box. Carmel was awarded a penalty kick. Luckily for the Millers, the Carmel attacker hit the outside of the post and missed his opportunity. Carmel continued to press in the first half. A failed clearance by the Millers in the 22nd minute saw Carmel bag the first goal of the game. The Greyhounds would take a 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Millers came out more poised and started completing passes. This led to many better chances. Drew Cochran was on the other end of free kick that saw a thundering header sail just over the bar. Finally, with 3 minutes to go in the game and still down 1, Colin Todd made a nice run up the left flank. He ended up getting fouled just outside the penalty area. Senior captain Jack Miller calmly stepped up and drilled an in-swinger near post to beat the Carmel goalkeeper and level the score at 1.
Carmel made it very interesting in the final minute by drawing a foul 30 yards out. Their free kick once again hit the outside of the post and harmlessly went out of bounds, preserving a 1-1 draw as the game clock struck zeroes.
The Millers are back in action at home on Tuesday, August 27th against Avon. It is Teacher Appreciation night where some of the boys’ greatest teachers from Noblesville Schools will be recognized for their continued commitment to educating these fine, young gentlemen.