Passing key for Panthers in win over Johnson

By Linda Younkin Published:

One hundred seventy-one passes to 32. A pass completion rate of 82 percent compared to 46 percent. A total of 209 first touches to 70.

Numbers don’t lie, and these tell the story of Frankfort High’s 5-2 victory over Johnson Central in boys soccer action Saturday afternoon at Sower Soccer Field.

“We played well,” FHS coach Sherrill Smith said, “and our passing game is improving.”

The Panthers (7-9) scored two goals around the 22-minute mark of the irst half. James Murphy had the first goal on a cross from Allen Redmon, and Redmon followed with a score off an assist from Murphy.

Johnson Central (4-11) answered quickly, cutting the Frankfort lead in half with a goal by Lorenzo Antignano.

With 11½ minutes left in the first half Bailey Spade played a through ball to Murphy, who scored to put the Panthers up 3-1.

The score was 3-1 at halftime, but Connor Murry scored on a breakaway early in the second half to pull Johnson Central within a goal.

That was as close as the Eagles would get.

Frankfort gained a little breathing room when Travis Skelton sent a header into the net with 24:44 left in the game. Murphy had the assist on the goal, which gave FHS a 4-2 lead.

The Panthers closed out the scoring with 13:44 remaining when Redmon buried a shot off a deflection after a free kick by Murphy.

“I thought Allen Redmon had a really good game with two goals from the halfback position,” Smith said, “and once again we had strong performances from James Murphy and Travis Skelton.”

Michael Reid was in goal for FHS, and Tyler Pack was the goalkeeper for Johnson Central.

“There were 21 times we strung together three or more passes,” Smith said, “and that’s what we’re looking for in our passing game.

“Outside of the two breakdowns on defense we looked good.”

Frankfort plays again Monday, hosting Rowan County at 7 p.m. on Sower 2.

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