VERSAILLES – The season may have ended a little sooner for Frankfort High’s girls soccer team than coach Adam Saunderson would have liked, but he had no complaints when it was over.
FHS lost to Woodford County 5-0 Monday night in the first round of the 41st District Tournament at Woodford County Community Stadium.
“This is a repeat of the score from earlier this season,” Saunderson said. “I think the team feels good about this game. They represented Frankfort High well, and they did a super job, especially the seniors.
“This has been a great season. We finish 11-7, and as long as I’ve been here that’s the best record we’ve had.”
Woodford (10-4-4) advances to Thursday night’s championship match where it will meet the winner of tonight’s Franklin County-Western Hills game.
Monday’s game was scoreless until a corner kick by Woodford with 28 minutes left in the first half led to the first goal.
Lindsey Sizemore took the corner kick for the Lady Yellow Jackets (10-4-4), and Jodi DeJohn headed the ball into the net for the score.
The score stayed 1-0 until eight minutes were left in the half. DeJohn scored her second goal with a hard shot right in front of the net, putting Woodford up 2-0 at halftime.
“The first 20 minutes we were even with them,” Saunderson said. “They got a gorgeous goal from the corner kick. It’s a play that’s hard to defend. It’s a set play, but they do it so well.
“The first half we held them pretty close. We didn’t get as many chances as I would have liked, but I was pleased with our play overall.”
DeJohn completed the hat trick with 26:24 left in the game, scoring her third goal of the night off an assist from L.J. Phelps.
The Lady Panthers were called for a handball foul in the penalty box with 18 minutes left, and Sizemore connected on the penalty kick to give the Lady Jackets a 4-0 lead.
Woodford’s last goal came with 10½ minutes remaining on a goal by Sizemore. Phelps had the assist.
Maya Burke was in goal for FHS. Stella Adams was Woodford’s starting goalkeeper, and she was replaced by Ramsey Adams in the second half.
FHS has seven seniors on this year’s team – Cadence Blevins, Shanae Brown, Shauntae Brown, Sara Frye, Aubrey Persons, Georgia Ueltschi and Abby Walters.
“I like the sportsmanship of this team,” Saunderson said. “Even at the end of the match they were laughing and smiling. They’ve been a good team, and they’re a good team to coach.
“I’m proud of what the whole team did.”