Girls Soccer: Defensive showdown

Franklin County, Madison Central battle to a 0-0 draw

By Linda Younkin Published:

Last year, in all but one game, if Franklin County’s girls soccer team scored it won.

The same was holding true for this season until Monday night – the Lady Flyers didn’t score, but they didn’t lose.

FCHS and Madison Central played to a scoreless tie in a defensive battle at the Sower Soccer Complex.

“Madison Central is a very skilled team, very well coached,” Franklin County coach Louis Tandy said, “but I thought our defense played phenomenally.

“Shelby Sanders and Sydney Preston anchor our defense, and we have confidence when they’re in there. Emmy King and Savannah Sutphin are at right and left back defense. Our defense has been solid.”

It needed to be Monday as the Lady Indians (9-2-1) had three shots in rapid-fire succession with about 34 minutes to go in the game. FCHS goalkeeper Megan Gearhart and the Lady Flyer defense were able to keep the ball out of the net.

Gearhart also had a stop on a shot by Leeanne Ogle about 2½ minutes later.

“We had great play from our keeper Megan Gearhart and from Lauren Taylor,” Tandy said about two of his team’s seniors.

On offense the Lady Flyers had several chances to score but didn’t convert. In goal for Madison Central was Sam Sheppard.

“We struggled a little bit on offense,” Tandy said. “In the first half we weren’t switching fields. We were staying on one side of the field rather than switching.

“We talked about that at halftime and in the second half got more movement and switching of fields.

“We’re young,” Tandy said. “We’ve got Dasia Kilbourne starting, and she’s a freshman. Sammie Arnold, another freshman, is playing a lot of minutes, and Kerry Taylor has played a lot of minutes and she’s a freshman.”

The Lady Flyers (6-2-1) are back in action tonight in the Little Caesar’s Classic at Boyle County, taking on the host Lady Rebels at 6 p.m.

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