LEXINGTON – The Franklin County Flyers knew they had a big challenge ahead of them when they traveled to Paul Laurence Dunbar on Tuesday night to face the third-ranked team in the state. The Bulldogs shut out the Flyers, 5-0.
Alejandro Duque scored Dunbar’s first goal less than 10 minutes into the game on a header. Less than three minutes later, Nathan Jones would make the score 2-0 after playing a through ball and hitting the back of the net.
The Bulldogs led 2-0 at the half.
The second half started just as the first half did with the Bulldogs’ offensive attack.
At the 33:05 point, Jones scored his second goal of the game after a deflection off a Flyers’ defender. The Flyers’ defense held off the Bulldogs until seven minutes remaining in the game when a Flyer foul led to a free kick by Nelson Ng who fired a hard shot into the back of the net.
The Bulldogs’ final goal was scored with two minutes remaining by Erik Clemente.
“I have to give it to Dunbar, they are a good team,” Franklin County head coach Zac Donnelly said. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on every one of them. We are putting that game behind us and focusing on Tates Creek.”
The FCHS Flyers (9-5-1) travel to Tates Creek on Thursday night.
JV FLYERS COME UP SHORT AGAINST DUNBAR
LEXINGTON – The Franklin County boys JV soccer team traveled to Paul Laurence Dunbar on Tuesday night and was shut out, 2-0.
Jake Whitt scored the Bulldogs’ first goal with 19 minutes remaining in the first half. They scored again with 13:15 remaining in the half on a goal by Drew Schoaf.
“The boys came off the bus flat and not ready to play,” Flyers JV coach Eric Ashcraft said. “Practice wasn’t productive yesterday and it showed in this game. The first half we got dominated and had to play defense the majority of the half.”
The Flyers’ defense was able to shut down the Bulldogs’ offense in the second half. However, the offense was unable to capitalize on any scoring opportunities.
“The second half was different,” Ashcraft said. “We were getting opportunities at goal, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net. I got good minutes from the subs tonight and I’m happy with how they played. We have another tough game on Thursday and we need to get prepared for that.”
The Franklin County boys JV (9-3-1) travels to Tates Creek on Thursday night.