In the first half just about everything went right for Frankfort High’s boys soccer team.
In the second half hardly anything went right for the Panthers, and Scott County left Sower Soccer Field No. 1 with a 5-1 victory over FHS Tuesday.
“In the first half we did exactly what we wanted to do,” Frankfort coach Sherrill Smith said. “We had a game plan to mark No. 14, Cameron Cool. Travis Skelton did a nice job marking him, and whoever we put on him did a nice job marking him.
“We got the lead and once we did that we moved some guys in the back, closing the area down to make it tougher for them. We closed out the first half very well.”
When the first half ended the Panthers (3-6) led 1-0, thanks to a goal from James Murphy with 20:02 left in the half.
Murphy leads the state in scoring in the latest statistics released by the KHSAA with 18 goals in nine games.
Scott County (6-1) wasted little time taking control in the second half, scoring three goals in less than 10 minutes.
Cool scored his first goal with 36:17 left in the match. Jake Blankenship added a goal less than two minutes later, and Jackson Napier connected on a shot to put the Cardinals up 3-1 with 30:23 remaining.
“In the second half we got away from our defensive mode,” Smith said. “We tried stabbing at the ball, and we got away from team defense. Instead of possessing the ball we were just passing the ball up.
“We got out of what we were doing.”
Cool picked up his second goal of the night at the 22:36 mark, and Wesley Holt closed out the scoring with a goal with 5:14 left in the game.
Tyler Zimmerman was in goal for the Cardinals, and Bailey Spade was Frankfort’s goalkeeper. Spade finished the game with 12 saves.
“Our senior leadership – and I’m not talking about any one person but all our seniors – have to realize when we come in at halftime we have to remain focused,” Smith said. “We have to go back out and play with the same emotion, motivation and stay focused the entire half.
“We’re a 40-minute team, and we have to be an 80-minute team.”
Frankfort’s next match is Thursday at Carroll County.