It was a million-to-one shot, but Matt Mitchell's goal was all that was necessary to send the Frankfort High boys soccer team into the District 18 championship game.
The Panthers defeated Anderson County 1-0 Thursday night at Sower Soccer Field and with that win, FHS advances to Saturday's title game versus Western Hills.
"If I take that shot a million times again, I don't know if I could score," Mitchell, a sophomore, said of his goal with 33:27 left in the match. "The chance came to me and I was lucky I guess."
The goal was earned by Frankfort, thanks in large part to a foul by Anderson County's Irvin Gonzales. He grabbed Thomas Sachtler's jersey on a breakaway and was called for the foul, receiving a yellow card.
Than Cutler took the direct kick and sent a perfect ball to the right side of the Anderson goal. Mitchell was tightly marked by a defender but he was just able to head the ball, threading it perfectly between Bearcat keeper Zack Burford and the right post.
"That header was as pretty as any one you'll see," said Frankfort High coach Sherrill Smith.
The goal was only Mitchell's third of the season while playing varsity and "definitely my favorite," he said. "It gave me goosebumps."
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