Franklin County head coach Louis Tandy said he wouldn’t mind having another Senior Night like the one the Lady Flyers had on Saturday night.
FCHS (9-7-1) spread the ball around winning 7-1 against Thomas Nelson at Sower Soccer Field in Capitol View Park.
“I was glad for them,” Tandy said. “Our seniors get to play a lot anyways, but some were able to get in more. They played really well.”
Five different players scored seven goals, with Lauren Taylor and Sydney Preston adding points for the senior class.
Freshman Dasia Kilbourne raced down the field neck and neck with a Thomas Nelson defender as she sent the ball. It hit the top of the goalpost, but bounced down across the goal line to count as a 1-0 lead for the Lady Flyers less than four minutes into the match.
Her senior teammate Lauren Taylor was the next to score with 14:46 on the clock. Taylor hit the ball to the right of the goal as goalkeeper Kelsi Hagan moved left. FCHS increased its lead to 2-0.
A minute later, Kilbourne claimed her second goal of the game, tapping the ball to Hagan’s right. The score gave the Lady Flyers a 3-0 lead.
“We had great play from Lauren Taylor up top and Dasia Kilbourne, who is only a freshman,” Tandy said. “Lauren has played center mid a lot, but I’ve moved her to striker. Her and Dasia played really good up top together.”
Taylor and Kilbourne continued to threaten the net. With seven minutes remaining in the half, Taylor took a shot and it was denied. The ball was deflected to Kilbourne’s feet and she passed the ball to sophomore Emily Wilkerson who sent it to the back of the net. FCHS posted a 4-0 lead before halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Flyers kept pressuring the goal. Junior Shelby Sanders kicked a 30-yarder into the net with 28:57 left in the game. Two minutes later, Kilbourne added her third goal of the night with an assist from junior Hailey Boden.
“Hailey Boden, who is just a junior, has stepped up remarkably this year,” Tandy said.
Senior Sydney Preston gave the Lady Flyers their final goal of the net with 3:15 left in the game. At the same time, senior goalie Megan Gearhart was taken out of the net to play on the field, while sophomore Greta Lowe took over for her.
Thomas Nelson’s freshman Ashley Ritchie took advantage of the less experienced keeper and avoided the shutout kicking a goal with two minutes remaining. Her score was the final of the match, giving FCHS a 7-1 win.
“Sydney Preston, Emmy King and Shelby Sanders played fantastic as always,” Tandy said praising his defensive players.
Seniors Taylor, Preston, Deena Shewekah, Emmy King, Kerri Bochantin, Estephany Nolasco and Gearhart were all honored before the game for their contributions to the team. Tandy said it was a very emotional senior night for him as he thought about saying good-bye.
“It is tough because I’ve been with them a long time, even though this is my second season coaching,” Tandy said. “It is going to be tough, because I’m close with a lot of the girls. We get along really well. I respect what they can do. I can’t say enough about how these girls have come together as a team the last couple seasons, this year especially.”
FCHS has two more games left in the regular season, playing at Henry Clay on Wednesday and East Jessamine on Saturday.
“The important thing is to keep playing at this level,” Tandy said. “I want them right in the head, but I also don’t want them to play any cupcake teams before region.
“I’m really looking forward to the districts, because I really think we have a shot.”
The schedule for district play will be decided later today.