Harrison County snapped Frankfort High girls soccer team’s five-game win streak with a 4-1 victory at Sower Soccer Field on Monday night.
Frankfort head coach Adam Saunderson said his girls lost confidence when Harrison County lit up the scoreboard first.
Harrison County scored early when freshman Amelia Bolin made it into the goal box and didn’t panic hitting the ball straight over keeper Maya Burke’s head. The Fillies took the lead 1-0 with 26:08 remaining in the half.
“It was a much improved second half,” Saunderson said. “We started the first 15 minutes of the game when it was tied and came out strong, had a couple of shots that could’ve been goals. But once they scored, we kind of withdrew a bit.”
Sophomore Hannah Thomas, who had been threatening the goal all game, ran to the left side ahead of two defenders and hit it above Burke’s outstretched arm. The ball hit the top of the goal post and bounced in, increasing the Fillies’ lead to 2-0 at 19:22 on the clock.
Thomas again drove to the net for Harrison County and as Burke tried to collect the ball on the ground, it slipped from her hands. Junior Madelyn Judy was waiting patiently for the Fillies on the left side of the net and hit it in for the 3-0 lead with 9:27 left.
In the second half, Harrison County kept pressure on the Lady Panthers’ side of the field. With 20 minutes remaining in the game, Burke was drawn outside of the net. Junior Haley Carr was able to tap in the score as it slowly rolled into the goal box.
Only a couple minutes later, Frankfort’s Maggie Smith connected the ball with the back of the net to put the Lady Panthers on the board 4-1. Smith’s goal would be the last score of the game.
“Phenomenal,” Saunderson said of Smith’s shot. “It was a superb strike from 25 yards out. You won’t see a better goal like that at any level.”
Burke stayed in goal for the Lady Panthers, while Chelsea Ingram was keeper for Harrison County. Saunderson praised his goalie for a job well done.
“She has really improved in that position,” Burke said. “Sometimes I don’t like playing her at goalkeeper because she can play all over the field. But she does such a great job, it is hard to take her out.”
FHS (7-6) plays Pleasure Ridge Park tonight at 5:30 at Sower Soccer Field in its senior night.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Saunderson said. “If we play as well as we did tonight, I think we’ll have a good game. It is a chance to honor our seniors, some of them I’ve coached since they were in the fifth grade. I’ll be sad to see them go.”