Flyers rally to a draw to open season at Danville

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Franklin County boys soccer team traveled to Danville for its season opener Thursday night. In a game riddled with fouls throughout, the Flyers rallied to finish the game at a 2-2 draw.

The Danville Admirals scored first at the 17:12 mark in the first half on a goal by junior Christian Gateskill-Fuqua. Less than seven minutes later and as very physical play continued, an Admiral was assessed a red card and a Flyer received a yellow card. The Admirals held their 1-0 lead at halftime.

Both teams remained scoreless in the second half until senior Rolman Delgado scored the Flyers’ first goal on an assist from senior Medhi Boughrood to tie the game 1-1 with 12:12 remaining in the game.

After another yellow card was assessed to a Flyer, DHS senior Ben McAllister scored on a free kick with 5:34 remaining in the game.

As time was running out on the Flyers’ last possession of the game and seconds before the final whistle, senior Matt Crosby was fouled in the box. With no time left on the clock and silence throughout the stadium, Austin Sutcliffe, one of the Flyers’ senior captains, scored the final goal on a penalty kick to end the game.

“I thought for the first game of the season we played well,” FCHS coach Zac Donnelly said.

“We still have a lot of room for improvement, but I saw some things we can build on. The defense made some key mistakes that Danville capitalized on, but we fought hard until the final whistle.”

The Flyers JV squad defeated the Admirals earlier in the evening, 5-1.

Franklin County plays Frankfort High on Tuesday night in the first round of the Rotary Capital City Classic at the Sower Soccer Complex.

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