Panthers bounce back with big win

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Frankfort High boys soccer team rebounded from an early week loss to Harrison County by beating Campbell County 5-1 in the Harrison County Thorobred Classic Tournament Thursday night.

The Panthers, now 1-1, scored eight minutes into the match when senior James Murphy slotted in a shot after the Camels’ keeper failed to control the ball during a scramble in front of the goal.

Campbell County responded 18 minutes later when a cross to the Panther back post was tapped in by the Camels’ striker.

The Panthers added two more goals before the half. With four minutes left in the half, sophomore striker Travis Skelton sent a cross to senior Taylor Lyle, who had moved forward in front of the Camel goal and struck home the second Frankfort goal.

Skelton would score himself with only 1:32 left in the half by heading in a ball that rebounded off the cross bar following a shot by sophomore midfielder Bailey Spade.

Frankfort seemed to pick up its intensity in the second half. Fifteen minutes into the second half, Skelton scored his second goal by following a shot and deflecting the Campbell County keeper’s attempt to clear the ball.

The final score of the match came with six minutes left in the contest when Lyle sent a long cross into the box. Spade moved forward from his midfield position and headed the ball into the goal.

Junior Michael Reid was in goal for the Panthers.

After the match Frankfort head coach Sherrill Smith commented, “We made great strides tonight in putting more pressure and hustle in our play. And this effort opened up a lot of opportunities for us.

“Our crosses picked up tonight allowing us to get behind the defense and take it to the net. I also saw improved combination passes and better angle balls to our wings.

“Our seniors impressed me tonight with helping our underclassmen pick up our overall play,” said Smith. “Travis (Skelton), Bailey (Spade), Taylor (Lyle) and James (Murphy) worked hard tonight in finding the goal. That effort by those players must be there to make our offense go.

“Cody Hall and Matt Carpenter picked up the defense when David Perry had to leave with a muscle strain,” Smith noted.

The Panthers (1-1) are back in action at the Thorobred Classic Saturday at 6 p.m. against Bishop Brossart. The match is preceded by a JV game against Harrison County at 4.

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