Girls Soccer: Lady Flyers win shootout against No. 4 Oldham Co.

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Lady Flyer soccer team knocked off No. 4 Oldham County 1-0 in a shootout in the Boyle County Little Caesar’s Classic Thursday.

The score was tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation, with Franklin County playing most of the second half on its side of the field but making several strong defensive stops to stay in the game.

Flyer goalkeeper Megan Gearhart made several saves in the second half as FCHS survived several attacks on goal by Oldham Co.

Tourney rules then called for a shootout to decide the game. Lauren Taylor and Shelby Sanders drilled the first two shots for FCHS to match Oldham’s first two shots for goals.

Oldham’s next two shots went high and wide, and Sydney Preston and Deena Shewakah found the back of the net to decide the game.

OCHS, which boasts six D-1 signees, was undefeated coming into the tournament but had lost its first game of the year to No. 6 Scott County Tuesday.

The Lady Flyers had lost Tuesday night to No. 18 Boyle County in a tough battle. The Lady Flyers scored first on a breakaway score by Taylor assisted by Emily Wilkerson, but the Lady Rebels came back to score two and hold on for the 2-1 win.

The Lady Flyers have been battling injuries all season, playing without senior captain Kerri Bochantin for much of the season, and without freshman striker Dasia Kilbourne for this week, with Shewakah’s play slowed by a sprained ankle.

The Lady Flyers finished up the tournament with the loser’s bracket final Saturday at noon, then continue their grueling schedule this week with a game at Scott County on Monday, followed by a home match against Anderson County on Wednesday.

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