The result wasn’t what Franklin County girls soccer coach Louis Tandy was looking for, but the play on the field was.
In a close match at Sower Soccer Field Monday, Lafayette defeated the Lady Flyers 2-0.
“From the start of the season to now, this team has improved tremendously,” Tandy said, “and not just from a skills standpoint but they’ve gotten more knowledgeable about the game and they’re playing better.
“And they played a good team.”
The first half ended in a scoreless tie although both teams had scoring opportunities in the first 40 minutes.
“I thought we started a little sluggish,” Tandy said. “We were coming off a great tournament (winning the Rotary Capital City Classic) and a very emotional win against Western Hills.
“I thought we came out a little flat. We were without Deena Shewekah, but Sammie Arnold came in and did a great job, and Dasia Kilbourne has flat out in the last two games drastically gotten better.
“Shelby Sanders has played awesome all season,” Tandy said. “She’s turned into a very technically smart player.”
In the first half the Lady Flyers (3-1) had more shots on goal but were thwarted by Lafayette goalkeeper Kate Heinonen.
“Their keeper played great,” Tandy said. “She saved them. It’s not like we weren’t there. We stayed with them.”
Lafayette’s first goal came on a shot by Kayla Songstad with 34:39 left in the game.
Franklin County nearly tied the game with 14½ minutes left, but Heinonen deflected the shot to keep the Lady Generals (3-1) in the lead.
Alex Robinson added an insurance goal for Lafayette with 5:59 remaining.
Megan Gearhart was in goal for Franklin County.
The Lady Flyers leave town for their next match, traveling to Harrison County Wednesday.