Franklin County boys came ready to play when they defeated Frankfort 6-0 in the first game of the Rotary Capital City Classic at Sower Soccer Field at Capitol View Park on Tuesday night.
The Flyers (1-0-1) scored three minutes into the game, sending senior Rolman Delgado straight to the net for a goal, giving FCHS a 1-0 lead over Frankfort (1-3).
“I love when a team comes out ready to play,” FCHS head coach Zac Donnelly said. “It definitely sets the tone for the rest of the game. I wish we could do that every game. That’s what we like to see.”
Delgado’s senior teammate Logan Doris responded quickly as well, connecting with the back of the net shooting over the head of Frankfort’s goalkeeper Michael Reid with 31:38 left in the first half. Reid would finish the game with 10 saves.
Next with 17:26 on the clock, junior Nathan Hale passed a rocket to senior Nick Cumpston to make it a 3-0 Flyers lead.
To end the half, Doris passed the ball to Delgado in the right corner of the field for a goal, increasing the Flyers’ lead to 4-0.
In the second half, Doris continued his scoring effort, this time in the left side of the net with 28:12 left in the game to give the Flyers five goals. Cumpston became the third Flyer to score two goals with his score with 27:23 in the second half.
“Not one guy is going to do all of our scoring,” Donnelly said. “We are a talented team.”
The game ended with FCHS ahead 6-0. The Flyers had 24 total shots in the game, while Frankfort only had four.
Frankfort’s head coach Sherrill Smith said the team has to play quicker and work on its combination passing.
“Franklin County came out hard and ready for today’s game,” Smith said. “They prepared for it. I thought we had prepared, but obviously we hadn’t. You’ve got to go hard for every ball.
“It is early in the season, but we’ve got to bring our game every game.”
Meanwhile, on the Flyers’ side, Donnelly felt like his team also didn’t go hard enough.
“I thought they played a much better first half,” Donnelly said. “They just weren’t playing to their potential. I like them to play to their potential for the full 80 minutes. We had some letdowns in previous games where we weren’t focused for the full time and that can be a problem. I just want to take care of that early on in the season.”
The coach said he had a flashback to the Flyers’ game against Danville, where they tied 2-2 because of their second half performance.
It is something the team will try to improve on when they play Owen County on Thursday at 8 p.m. as the Rotary Capital City Classic continues.
“We would love to win,” Donnelly said. “I’ve only won twice in my tenure here. It is one of our team goals since it is against most of our district.”