CARROLLTON – The Frankfort High boys soccer team defeated the Carroll County Panthers 4-1 in Carrollton Thursday night.
Frankfort struck early when senior midfielder Taylor Lile took the ball deep toward the Carroll County end line and drove a crossing pass to striker Allen Redman, who buried the ball in the Carroll County goal in the seventh minute of play.
Frankfort seemed to dominate the first half of play but could only muster one more first-half goal when senior midfielder James Murphy scored off Taylor Lile’s through ball, in the 25th minute.
Frankfort High continued to dominate play in the second half and was rewarded in the 14th minute with its third goal of the match when Lile dribbled through the Carroll defense and drove home his first goal of the match.
Carroll County was able to respond in the 28th minute of the second half when senior midfielder Brandon Stewart notched its only goal of the evening.
Eight minutes later, Frankfort once again extended the lead when Murphy scored his second goal of the match on a through ball from Lile. Lile ended the match with three assists as well as a goal.
“I was particularly impressed with Taylor’s (Lile) performance tonight,” FHS coach Sherrill Smith said. “He worked especially hard and I was pleased that he was so successful in his efforts.
“I was also pleased with Charles’ (Kirkland) efforts and hard work tonight. His continuous hard work throughout the match is a good indication of his maturing as a player.”.
Smith, said his only disappointment was in not getting a shutout.
“I thought our goalkeeper, Bailey Spade, played well enough to deserve a shutout,” he said. “But our defense tends to lose a little focus in the second half and, once again, we gave up a score we shouldn’t have. Maintaining focus for 80 minutes is something we need to work on continuously.”
Frankfort High (4-6) returns to action Tuesday at district rival Woodford County at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the JV squad, which defeated Carroll County 4-1 as well Thursday, will travel to Danville to take on the Admirals at 5 p.m. Saturday.