Frankfort High’s girls soccer team got off to a quick start Tuesday and rode that momentum to an 8-0 victory over Carroll County at Sower Soccer Field No. 2.
“We scored four goals in fairly quick succession in the first half,” FHS coach Adam Saunderson said. “I changed some things around to get some of our players who haven’t played a lot some playing time.
“I put our starters back in at the start of the second half, and we scored two goals in the first three minutes so I pulled them off. Our subs came in and did a great job. They held them and got some decent shots.”
Tika Shaw and Maggie Smith both scored two goals during the Lady Panthers’ four-goal run in the first half, with Aubrey Persons getting the assist on both of Shaw’s goals and Cadence Blevins having the assist on one of Smith’s goals.
Smith scored again, 10:32 before halftime, to put FHS (3-5) ahead 5-0 at the half.
While his team had a sizeable lead, Saunderson wasn’t completely satisfied with his team’s play late in the first half.
“We were focused and then I thought we lost it,” he said. “Complacency set in, and that’s bound to happen when it’s five goals to nil.”
The focus was back at the start of the second half as Persons scored twice in the first three minutes of the period, giving Frankfort a 7-0 lead.
Georgia Ueltschi scored the Lady Panthers’ last goal off an assist from Persons with 28:50 left in the match.
“We have a pretty strong team this year,” Saunderson said. “For some girls to come out and compete against a team like that is a new experience for them.
“They haven’t had a chance for a long time to play against a team like this and play so well and score so many goals. Carroll County played hard. By all accounts we’ve had strong play. The teams we’ve lost to have been very, very strong teams and the games have been close.”
Maya Burke started in goal for FHS, and Serena Frye came in early in the second half and finished the game in goal for the Lady Panthers.
“I think this is a stretch of the season where we play teams we can compete very well against,” Saunderson said. “The girls know that, and they came out and got after it.
“I think they’re pleased. I know I am.”
Frankfort plays again Thursday, traveling to Louisville to take on Seneca.