The Class A State Soccer Cup has always meant a tough opening game for Frankfort High's boys team, and that trend continued Saturday.
The Panthers lost to Lexington Christian, ranked 16th in the state, 6-0 on Sower Soccer Field 1.
"We ran into a team that is absolutely one of the best passing teams we've seen all year," FHS coach Sherrill Smith said. "I knew they were a good team. They're ranked 16th in the state, but they were a top 10, a top five team today.
"They played so well," he added. "They spread the field well, and their passing game was absolutely tremendous."
Josh Johnson opened the scoring in the 31st minute of the first half, scoring on a shot from 15 yards out. Andrew Messinger scored the first of his three goals with 25:02 remaining off a corner kick, and another corner kick set up Hall Hollingsworth's goal with 4:07 left in the half.
That gave the Eagles a 3-0 halftime lead.
"Our game is possession play," TLCA coach Peter Akatsa said. "We try to possess the ball as much as we can. If we can possess the ball it'll make the other team tired because they have to chase the ball."
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