Down 4-2 with less than five minutes left in the match, Frankfort High's boys soccer team scored twice in the final 3:22 to come away with a 4-4 tie against Boyle County Thursday at Sower Soccer Field.
"I felt like our kids maintained their composure," FHS coach Sherrill Smith said. "They didn't want to do down to defeat when they felt like they'd played with this team throughout the game. At halftime they said, 'Coach, this is our game if we just hold our own with them.'"
Those were pretty brave words when the halftime score was 3-1 in favor of Boyle County, but the Panthers had reason to be optimistic.
They scored the first goal of the game with about nine minutes left in the first half, only to have it called back on an offsides call. The Rebels then scored three goals in 6:22 on shots by Nick Farmwald, Roland Achenjang and Eric Curtis.
With 25 seconds left in the half Davis Bates scored on a high shot that went off the hands of Boyle keeper Evan Rice, making the halftime score 3-1.
Bates connected on a penalty kick with 31:30 left in the game to cut the Rebels' lead to one, and the score stayed 3-2 until Boyle's Alex Rice scored on a follow-up shot for a 4-2 lead with 14:27 remaining.
The score stayed 4-2 until FHS' Thomas Sachtler scored off an assist from Matt Mitchell with 3:22 left in the game, and with 35 seconds left Ramie Hutchison tied the game with a goal on a direct kick.
"I thought we regrouped to win this game," Smith said. "Our defense played very well, and defensively we were marking our man everywhere. A lot of times with a young team like this they don't want to tell you when they need to come out, but now we're getting to the point they know to let us know if can't go all out for awhile, and we're getting good play from our subs."
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