Frankfort High’s boys soccer team looked like it was headed for a blowout Tuesday, scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes against Carroll County.
Instead FHS settled in for a 5-2 victory at Sower Soccer Complex.
“Instead of playing to our potential, and this is not taking anything away from Carroll County,” FHS coach Sherrill Smith said, “but instead of playing to our potential tonight we played down a little bit.
“That’s not what we wanted to see after the quick start we had.”
Frankfort (3-2) took a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
Bailey Spade scored the first goal on a 30-yard shot in the first five minutes, then had the assist on a goal by Travis Skelton with 32:24 remaining.
Two minutes later Skelton scored again, giving FHS a 3-0 lead.
“We just saw some open opportunities,” Skelton said. “Their defense was pushed up really high and that made it easier to move the ball, and their keeper didn’t come out.
“We were able to see those opportunities and capitalize.”
The score stayed 3-0 until 6:28 was left in the first half. That’s when Skelton scored again, completing the hat trick, off an assist from Spade.
Just before halftime Carroll County got on the board with a goal by Michael Hall.
The score was 4-1 at halftime, and CCHS had a great chance to cut Frankfort’s lead in half when Taylor Byrd took a penalty kick with 35 minutes left in the game.
Byrd’s kick sailed over the cross bar, leaving the score at 4-1.
Carroll County (3-3) did cut into the FHS lead with 17 minutes remaining on Hall’s second goal of the game, but Skelton closed out the scoring with 10 minutes left.
Marcus Bartholomew took a shot that was stopped, but Skelton followed the shot for his fourth goal of the game.
“Keith Estes and Russell Lile played outstanding at fullback,” Smith said.
Frankfort took 15 shots in the first half compared to five by Carroll County. In the second half FHS had seven shots and Carroll had six.
“I was looking for us to pass the ball, but we had a tendency to carry the ball a little too long tonight,” Smith said. “Instead of fresh, crisp passes we were holding it, holding it.”
Church Gray was in goal for FHS, and Cody Damron was Carroll County’s goalkeeper.
“I think this year we’re playing really well,” Skelton said. “This is probably the best we’ve been in four or five years. Our coaches have pushed us really hard to bring back the tradition the school has had in soccer.”
Frankfort’s next game is Thursday at Somerset.