VERSAILLES – The Franklin County girls’ soccer season didn’t end the way head coach Louis Tandy wanted.
He hoped the Lady Flyers (11-10-1) would advance in the 11th Region Soccer Tournament, instead of losing 6-1 against Lexington Catholic in the first round at Community Stadium on Tuesday night.
“I hate to end it like that, because we’ve had a good season against very tough competition,” Tandy said. “And for the seniors for it to end that way, that was the worst we’ve been beaten all year. This year, we’ve beat strong teams like that and they’ll be a state contender every year.
“They’re a great team and I knew that going in. I knew we would have our hands full.”
FCHS kept the Lady Knights under control until senior Mary Beth Gorham scored on a breakaway with 28:35 on the clock. Gorham ran to the left side of the goal and placed the ball in the far right corner of the net past Flyer goalkeeper Megan Gearhart.
Four minutes later, LCHS was awarded a corner kick and the Lady Flyers “just didn’t mark up well,” Tandy said. Senior Josie Metzger’s header made the score 2-0.
Then with 18:58 on the clock, senior Lauren Taylor raced down the left side of the field and dropped a pass to freshman Dasia Kilbourne. Kilbourne followed the ball into the goal for the Lady Flyers’ lone score of the match.
“You can’t say enough about what Lauren brings to the table,” Tandy said of the senior’s play. “I’ve been with Lauren a long time. I’ve watched her play since U8. We’ve been together awhile. She’s a great player and had a great year in a different role for her.”
to Kilbourne, Tandy said the impressive score and reality of a slim one-point deficit sunk in for the Lady Knights. And as a result, the LCHS offense exploded.
Junior Sarah Gorham “came through on a corner and we had someone on her, but we just couldn’t keep up,” Tandy said. The score gave the Lady Knights a 3-1 lead with 15:34 remaining in the half and they didn’t let up there.
Both sophomore Monica Rios and senior Mary Beth Gorham added goals within three minutes of each other. After halftime, Mary Beth hit her third goal of the night, giving the Lady Knights a 6-1 lead. It would be their final score of the match.
Gearhart was in goal for FCHS and junior Sarah Youkilis served as keeper for the Lady Knights. Both keepers were replaced late in the second half as sophomore Greta Lowe took over for Gearhart and sophomore Olivia Meck came in for Youkilis.
LCHS (15-7-2) moves forward to play Henry Clay at Community Stadium Thursday at 8 p.m., while FCHS says goodbye to seven seniors. The seniors for the Lady Flyers are Lauren Taylor, Sydney Preston, Deena Shewekah, Emmy King, Kerri Bochantin, Estephany Nolasco and Megan Gearhart.
It’s a senior class Tandy said will be greatly missed.
“I’ve had a bond with these seniors and I hate to lose like this for them,” Tandy said. “Any time you lose like this, it is hard, but especially the last game of the season.”
The Lady Flyers ended their season at 11-10-1.