Lady Flyers, WHHS get wins in Rotary Capital City Classic

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Susan Carlson got a shot at redemption and she made the most of it, giving the Franklin County girls soccer team a big win in the opening round of the Rotary Capital City Classic soccer tournament.

The Lady Flyers defeated Owen County 3-2 in a sudden death shootout Monday at Sower Soccer Field.

In the second game, Western Hills knocked off Frankfort High 3-1. Play resumes Wednesday with the Lady Wolverines taking on Owen County a 6 p.m., followed by the Lady Panthers taking on Franklin County. The tournament concludes Saturday.

Carlson was one of many heroes for Franklin County in Monday's first contest, but she was the one who clearly deserved to have the game in her hands in the shootout.

With the game tied at 1-1 and less than 16 minutes left in regulation, Carlson deflected an Owen County shot into the FCHS goal for an own goal and a 2-1 Lady Rebel lead.

"That was all me," Carlson, a junior, said of her mistake. "I just wasn't paying attention, and it went off my foot into the goal. I almost cried when that happened."

But Carlson got a second chance to help out her team. Teammate Shawn Canty scored two minutes later, and after the 2-2 tie at the end of regulation, the game went straight to a best-of-five shootout.

Both teams converted three goals in the first series, setting up a sudden death situation. The next five shooters for each team scored.

On Owen County's 11th try, FCHS keeper Macy Hensley stopped a shot by Owen's Rehonon Nehus, and Hensley was the next kicker for Franklin County. Her shot, however, hit the crossbar, leaving the shootout in an 8-8 tie.

Lady Rebel Gabby Grider was up next, but Hensley stopped that shot. Carlson, who also scored the first FCHS goal in the shootout, came up next and fired home the game-winner.

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