Another game, another lesson learned.
Frankfort High’s boys soccer team found out a thing or two about itself in its loss to Western Hills Thursday and used that Saturday night to defeat Owen County 6-1 on the final night of the Rotary Capital City Classic at Sower Soccer Field.
The victory earned the Panthers third place in the tournament.
“Our defense played well tonight,” FHS coach Sherrill Smith said. “We took from our last game against Western Hills that we were not going to fall asleep while our goalkeeper was still working.”
The Panthers (2-4) got five goals from senior James Murphy and one from freshman Marcus Bartholomew.
Murphy’s first goal came with 28:41 left in the first half off an assist from Taylor Lile.
His second goal came about seven minutes later, and with 13:41 remaining Murphy headed the ball into the net after a punt by Lile.
That made the score 3-0 at halftime.
“They played us straight up,” Smith said. “They thought that could bring it right at us and that they matched up with us. They didn’t pack it in, and we were able to expose the gaps.”
Just over five minutes into the second half Murphy scored his fourth goal of the evening with the assist going to Lyndon Bellamy and Charles Kirkland. Owen (3-5) got on the board with 30:38 left in the game on a breakaway goal by Austin Collins, making the score 4-1.
Murphy’s final goal, with 18 minutes remaining, gave FHS a 5-1 lead, and Bartholomew collected the ball after a shot ricocheted off the post and put the ball into the net with 17:08 left to close out the scoring.
“James Murphy and Taylor Lile made things really open up for us,” Smith said. “I thought David (Perry) really played well on defense, and Cody (Hall) did a nice job. He was injured, but he played well at fullback.
“Michael Reid had another strong game for us, and Lyndon had some really nice crosses from the side. He’s starting to get his timing down. I thought Charles Kirkland and Travis Skelton played solid on the left-hand side of the field.
“Allen Redmon played well, and it was great to see Marcus, a freshman, score.”
Smith was also pleased with the play of goalkeeper Bailey Spade.
“Bailey continued to do a good job of controlling the goal area,” he said. “The kids realize they have a good keeper in there. This was an all-around nice team win.
“Owen County is a tough team. They were a little outmanned tonight, and I’m sure they’re as tired as we are. I’d like to thank the Rotary Club for sponsoring this tournament.”
Frankfort and Owen both had two players named to the all-tournament team.
Murphy and Lile were named to the team for FHS, and James Marston and Will Dempsey were the Rebels’ representatives.
The Panthers have just a day off before they play in the All “A” regional tournament at Lexington Christian.
FHS plays Monticello Monday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
If the Panthers win they would play in the semifinals Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and the championship is set for Friday at 7:30.