Boys Soccer: Flyers send off 15 seniors with a slippery shutout

By Linda Younkin Published:

It was slip, slide and soccer for Franklin County’s Senior Night.

The FCHS boys soccer team honored its 15 seniors before Tuesday’s game with Madison Central, then went out and shut out the Indians 5-0 at Sower Soccer Field 2.

“I thought we played really well,” FCHS coach Zac Donnelly said. “We got to see our 15 seniors play together and get a win.

“A lot of times on Senior Night there are a lot of emotions and that can affect play, but they played well tonight and finished in the second half to score four goals.”

FCHS (10-6-1) led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Bryan Cox with 19:14 left in the first half. The assist went to Logan Doris.

The recent rain made for some sloppy playing conditions, but the Flyers handled the messy terrain well and came up with four goals in the second half.

They wasted little time scoring in the final 40 minutes, with Nick Cumpston sending a header into the net off a corner kick by Nathan Hale seven minutes into the second half.

Cumpston returned the favor at the 26:20 mark, getting the assist on a goal by Hale that put Franklin County up 3-0.

With 5:38 remaining Vince Gouge scored off an indirect kick by Hale, and the final goal came with 4:40 left when Doris scored after the ball skipped off Cumpston.

“Nick had a great game with two assists and one goal,” Donnelly said. “He’s been out two weeks with an injury, and it’s great to see him play well and be 100 percent.

“I’m really proud of these guys tonight.”

The win ends a two-game losing streak where the Flyers took on two teams ranked among the state’s best. They lost to Dunbar 5-0 and Tates Creek 1-0.

“It was a tough week,” Donnelly said. “We had a good game against Tates Creek. We didn’t fare so well against Dunbar, but I’m glad we were able to take the lessons we learned from those games and get a win tonight.”

That’s what Donnelly had in mind when he made the schedule.

“One reason we schedule tougher teams, tougher competition is to try and prepare for the post-season,” he said. “We try to schedule Lexington teams late in the year to try and simulate the post-season as much as we can.

“You don’t get better if you don’t play tough teams.”

Nathan Kring recorded the shutout in goal for the Flyers. Levi Knutson was the goalkeeper for Madison Central (7-11).

FCHS closes out the regular season Thursday at Oldham County. In the district tournament the Flyers play Western Hills in the first round Tuesday at Woodford County.

Franklin County’s seniors are Mehdi Boughroud, Bryan Cox, Matthew Crosby, Nick Cumpston, Rolman Delgado, Logan Doris, Vince Gouge, Kyle Hancock, Patrick Harp, Alex Hydes, Nathan Kring, Micky Nsiah, Cornelio Soto, Austin Sutcliffe and Brian Wyatt.

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