A long weekend means a little break for Franklin County’s boys soccer team.
The Flyers, after losing to Woodford County 2-1 Thursday at Sower Soccer Field, are off three days until practice resumes Monday.
“We had something every day last week,” FCHS coach Zac Donnelly said, “and we have quite a few guys injured. Our back line is a little beat up.
“I hate to do this after a loss, but I think they need a little time to heal up and get their legs back under them.”
The Flyers (3-2-1) may have been banged up, but they gave Woodford County all it could handle Thursday.
The Yellowjackets (5-2) scored first, with Clay Little putting the ball in the net off an assist from George Cole with just over 22 minutes left in the first half. FCHS evened the score about eight minutes lat- er when Rolman Delgado slipped past the Woodford defense, took a pass from Medhi Boughroud and blasted a shot into the net. The score remained 1-1 at halftime.
“Both teams played a good game of soccer,” Donnelly said. “Woodford is a good side, and the first half came out even.
“Our goal was one of the nicest goals we’ve had this season, and honestly Woodford’s goal was pretty as well.”
The only score of the second half came with 12:32 left in the game. Little picked up his second goal of the night, scoring from a pack of players in front of the FCHS goal with the assist going to Zach Blaydes.
“The second half was played evenly as well,” Donnelly said. “We made one mistake out of the back, and they capitalized on it. Against a district opponent you can’t have those kinds of mistakes. We have to prepare mentally and physically so that doesn’t happen later in the season.”
The Flyers are still adjusting to the absence of senior Kyle Hancock, who tore an ACL and MCL against Western Hills and is out for the season.
“Our defense played well,” Donnelly said. “We’re playing without Kyle Hancock, a three-year starter and two-year captain. He kind of anchored the back line.
“We can’t replace him and his leadership, but we’re trying to make things work with our play on the back line. The guys who stepped up did a great job tonight.
“Hopefully we’ll rally around him,” Donnelly said of Hancock, “and make some good things happen.”
Nathan Kring was in goal for the Flyers, and Dylan Spencer was Woodford’s goalkeeper.
Franklin County’s next match is Tuesday at George Rogers Clark.