Sayre defeats Lady Panthers

By ALEX WILLIAMS State Journal Sports Writer Published:

In the game of soccer, footwork and passing are essential for any team.

And that was the case for Sayre High School as it used those assets to roll over Frankfort High School 5-0 Monday night in the All A Regional tournament at Sower Soccer Field.

With the win, the Lady Spartans advance to the regional final against Lexington Christian. That game will be played Friday night at 7 p.m. at Sower Soccer Field.

Sayre (6-1) was able to control the ball for most of the first half and almost the entire second half with its crisp passing and fancy footwork. Those skills resulted in numerous shots on goal for the Lady Spartans while tiring the defensive unit for the Lady Panthers (3-7-1).

Still, Frankfort was able to hold its own for the majority of the first half. The Lady Panthers played close, but a mental lapse with just over three minutes left in the half resulted in two Sayre goals by freshman forward Elizabeth Dowell and a big momentum swing.

Up 2-0 to begin the second half, the Lady Spartans wasted little time extending its lead. Junior defenseman Caroline Arnold scored just 33 seconds into the second half to ultimately put the game out of reach.

"A team with that capability can take advantage of a team that's not as experienced as we are," Lady Panthers head coach Jason Cunningham said. "They're a well-coached team, maybe even a better organized team than even Woodford County."

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