They’re no longer in the same district, but that hasn’t stopped the rivalry.
Franklin County’s girls soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 victory over Anderson County Wednesday night at Sower Soccer Field.
“Anderson County has been our rival ever since my freshman year,” said FCHS senior Lauren Taylor. “They beat us last year in the district (tournament). This is a really big win for us.”
In the current district alignment, which is in its first year, Franklin County is in District 41 with Frankfort, Western Hills and Woodford County.
Wednesday’s game was scoreless after the first half, and it was Anderson (6-8-1) that scored first, with Madeline Wilson sending a shot over the outstretched arms of FCHS goalkeeper Megan Gearhart.
That goal came with 29:37 left in the game, and it took nearly 18 minutes before the Lady Flyers (8-5-1) tied the game on a goal by Taylor.
“I came from the side,” Taylor said. “I do that a lot. It gets the goalkeeper off balance, and I kick the ball to the far back corner. It’s their weakness and my strength.”
That goal tied the game at 1-1, and the score stayed 1-1 until just 1:20 was left when Dasia Kilbourne connected on a shot from the right side of the goal to give FCHS a 2-1 lead.
“I was just outside the 18,” she said, “with an assist from Savannah Sutphin. I don’t usually shoot that far out, but it was a good shot and I was just glad it went in.
“I thought it would, and I’m glad it did.”
FCHS coach Louis Tandy wasn’t surprised by how close the match was.
“They always have a good team,” he said of Anderson. “They’re well coached. They used to be district rivals and even though we’re not in the same district anymore we’re still rivals. Both teams always come to play, but our girls really wanted this win.
“We were down 1-0 and then tied it. I thought the second half we controlled it and kept the ball down here on our end the last part of the second half. We had several shots.”
And while the offense was clicking the defense was working to keep the Lady Bearcats from scoring again.
“We had great defense,” Tandy said. “Shelby Sanders played a great game, and Megan saved us several times. She’s had a string of good games in goal.
“Lauren stepped up when we needed her to play well. She took control, and that’s what you want from your senior captain. Dasia had a good game and scored that last goal.”
Gearhart was in goal for FCHS the entire game. Alyssa Rogers was Anderson’s starting goalkeeper but left the game with an injury with 4:30 remaining. Makenzie Cann finished the game at keeper.
The Lady Flyers have played several top teams this year including No. 4 Oldham County, which they defeated 1-0 last week in a tournament at Boyle County.
“He scheduled a lot of tough teams and we’ve played a tough schedule,” Gearhart said. “When we play a team like Anderson we know what to expect.
“I think there’s room for improvement,” she said about the Lady Flyers’ play, “but we’re starting to come together more and we know what we need to do.”
FCHS plays its next match Monday at Madison Southern.