Western Hills' and Franklin County's boys soccer teams have spent time ranked among the state's top 25 teams this season, and on Thursday night they showed why.
WHHS defeated the Flyers 2-1 in the semifinals of the District 18 tournament at Sower Soccer Field. That puts the Wolverines in Saturday's district final against Frankfort High and assures them a spot in next week's regional tournament.
"I tell you what," WHHS coach Gary Rue said, "we had to defend our turf because Franklin County was trying to move in. They were playing hard, and it took just everything we have to keep them out.
"They're so, so much improved over the season," he added. "I've watched them throughout the season and I've really been impressed with the level of effort and the level of play they've developed over the season. It's an excellent job that Coach (David) Rice has done with that team."
It was the Flyers who scored first, with senior Kurt Jewell connecting on a shot just 20 seconds into the match. It was Jewell's 24th goal of the season.
"We weren't on our feet yet," WHHS' David Abell said. "We really needed to wake up, and we did."
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