HARRODSBURG – The Franklin County Flyers had one thing on their minds Tuesday night – defeat 16th-ranked Mercer County on its home field.
At the final whistle, they had done just that, winning the game 2-1.
The first 25 minutes of the game were a battle of the defenses, but the Flyers scored first with 15:42 remaining in the first half on a goal by senior Logan Doris with the assist from senior Bryan Cox. The Flyers held the lead 1-0 at the half.
When the second half started, the Flyers maintained their intensity of play and desire to win. At the 21:09 mark, senior Austin Sutcliffe took a free kick after a Titans foul. He lofted the ball in the front of the goal for an easy header by senior Nick Cumpston to make the score 2-0.
Both teams continued to play physically the remainder of the game, which resulted in a few yellow cards from the officials.
The Titans’ senior Landon Souder scored their only goal of the game with 10 seconds remaining, but the Flyers held on for the victory.
Senior Nathan Kring was in the goal for the Flyers.
“That was the best game we have put together all year and it’s no coincidence that was also the hardest we have worked for 80 minutes,” Franklin County head coach Zac Donnelly said. “I was impressed with the total team effort and look forward to our team’s positive progression the final third of the season.”
The FCHS Flyers (8-4-1) host Richmond Model at Sower Soccer Complex on Thursday night.
BOYS JV SOCCER: FCHS 2, MECER CO. 0
HARRODSBURG – The Franklin County boys JV soccer team did all the scoring in the second half to shut out Mercer County on Tuesday night, 2-0.
The Flyers defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Adam Gehlhausen, played very well throughout the game.
The offense was unable to capitalize on any scoring opportunities, so both teams remained scoreless at the half.
The second half proved to be all Flyers.
With 25 minutes remaining, sophomore Matt Johnson took a corner kick for the Flyers. Sophomore Irving Reyes-Perez played the ball to freshman Tyrone Hayden who hit the back of the net to make the score 1-0.
Less than five minutes later, sophomore Dawson Willis scored the final goal of the game on another assist by Reyes-Perez.
“The guys played well overall,” Flyers JV coach Patrick Bueno said. “We started out rough in the first half, but cleaned it up in the second. Dawson Willis played his heart out tonight and I liked seeing the defense step in and raise the level of play. We still need to combine both halves and when we do we will be a force to be reckoned with.”
The Franklin County JV team (8-2-1) hosts Richmond Model Thursday night at Sower.