LEXINGTON – The Frankfort High boys soccer team beat Monticello 11-1 in a quarterfinal match of the Region 11/12 All “A” Classic at Lexington Christian Academy Monday night.
The Panthers advance to the semifinals Wednesday against Sayre, which beat Somerset 5-0.
The Panthers started the scoring within four minutes of kick-off as Charles Kirkland played a ball off of a rebound past the Trojan goalkeeper and into the goal.
Two minutes later, Frankfort’s James Murphy dribbled through several Monticello defenders to score the first of his seven goals of the evening.
A through-ball from sophomore Travis Skelton to Murphy seven minutes later led to the third score of the match.
Frankfort seemed to be in total control when Lyndon Bellamy sent a shot off of a goalkeeper deflection into the Monticello goal in the 19th minute of the first half.
With only one minute left in the half, Monticello’s Josh Ronquillo drove through the Panther backline to score a breakaway goal. The score at the half was 4-1 in favor of the Panthers.
Frankfort refocused in the second half behind Murphy and Taylor Lile.
Lile got the assist on Murphy’s goal in the fourth minute of the second half. Four minutes later, Skelton scored the Panther’s sixth goal of the match on a cross from Lile
The seventh score for the Panthers came on a long cross from Bellamy to just outside of the 6-yard box, where Murphy drove a strong header past the Monticello keeper.
Murphy’s next two goals, in the 18th and 20th minutes, both came off of crosses delivered by Lile. Murphy got his final goal after dribbling through the Trojan backline to slot a ball past Monticello’s diving keeper.
Lile, who had several shots careen off of the goal posts during the match, was finally rewarded for his efforts with the game-ending goal when he followed a long, deflected shot and drove the ball into the goal with six minutes remaining in the game.
“I was much happier with our play in the second half when we looked at our combination passing and less carrying of the ball,” FHS coach Sherrill Smith. “When we do this, our passing and overall play is enhanced.
“We still need work on playing defense in all positions,” Smith said. “Once this occurs, we will become a much better team. We once again had outstanding passing and vision from Allen Redmon and Taylor Lile.
“Bailey (Spade) really played well in goal,” Smith said. “Michael Reid moving into the stopper position in the absence of Cody Hall played solid defense. David Perry solidified the defense at sweeper. And Matthew Carpenter and Keith Estes controlled the defensive wings.”
The Panthers (3-4) travel back to Lexington Christian Academy Wednesday night to take on Sayre (3-1) at 6. The winner will advance to the championship match against Lexington Christian Friday night.