Two quick goals gave Frankfort High’s girls soccer team a lead it wouldn’t lose.
Improved play in the second half gave FHS coach Adam Saunderson a measure of satisfaction.
The Lady Panthers defeated Owen County 7-1 Saturday at Sower Soccer Field to take third place in the Rotary Capital City Classic.
Tika Shaw scored five goals for FHS, which picked up its first win of the season.
“We started with two quick goals from Tika,” Saunderson said, “I thought we went a little flat after that, and it took while to get back in the swing of things.”
Shaw completed the hat trick on a breakaway goal with 5:22 left in the first half, and Peyton Monroe scored on a shot from the left side of the goal when Owen’s keeper came out.
That made the score 4-0 at halftime.
“At halftime I told them I wanted more happening,” Saunderson said. “I wanted better combo play on offense, and we definitely got that.
“Aubrey (Persons) came out in the second half and played tremendous with her passes. She made things happen with what she did, as did Maya Burke in the middle and Emma (Burke).
“We scored fewer goals in the second half,” Saunderson said, “but I thought we played a better game in the second half.”
Owen County was called for a foul in the penalty box early in the second half, and FHS’ Maggie Smith connected on the penalty kick to put Frankfort ahead 5-0 with 32:44 left in the game.
Shaw scored again with 23:18 remaining, and her fifth and final goal came with 4:21 on the clock.
In between those two scores was a goal by Owen’s Mikala Byers.
Autumn Gover was in goal for the Lady Rebels in the first half, and Hunter Sutton was in goal the second half.
Maya Burke was FHS’ starting goalkeeper before moving to the field midway through the first half. Serena Frye finished the game in goal.
“Serena Frye came in as goalkeeper for the first time this season,” Saunderson said, “and I thought she did tremendous with that.”
Both OCHS and Frankfort had two picks for the all-tournament team. Morgan Walker and Ashley Byers were named to the team from Owen County, and Persons and Georgia Ueltschi were the FHS representatives.
“Tika had a tremendous match with five goals,” Saunderson said. “She’s an incredible athlete, and if I had three all-tournament picks she would have definitely gotten on that list.”
Frankfort’s next match is Wednesday in the All “A” regional tournament. The Lady Panthers will play Lexington Christian at 6:45 p.m. at Sayre.
“All three games in this tournament we played tough,” Saunderson said. “I’m very pleased with this tournament.”