Traveling to George Rogers Clark to face a squad with 12 seniors and only one loss this season, the Franklin County Flyers knew they would have a tough game Tuesday night. The Flyers led early in the game, but fell 5-1 in their fourth loss this season.
The game between the two teams stayed very even during the first half. The defense of both squads was able to halt the offensive attacks until the Flyers scored the first goal of the game with 16:23 remaining. Senior Nathan Hale took a hard shot at the goal and junior Logan Goodwin was able to finish for the score. The Cardinals tied the game with 9:03 remaining in the half on a free kick just outside the box that ricocheted off the goal post into the net.
The second half belonged to the Cardinals. Within the first seven minutes, the Flyers were facing a deficit of 3-1. Then with 22:27 remaining in the game, Cardinal junior Ryan McKinney put his team ahead by three goals on a shot from 20 feet out. The score remained the same until the Cardinals added their final goal of the match with only 32 seconds remaining.
“We didn’t play our best soccer during the first half, but I was satisfied and we were able to go into halftime with a tie,” FCHS coach Louis Tandy said. “Juniors Liam May and Patrick Melton gave us some good minutes tonight and played very well. But I don’t feel like we executed our game plan in the second half and GRC took control of the game.”
The Flyers (2-4) travel to Woodford County Thursday night for a district match with the Yellow Jackets.
JV: FCHS 2, GRC 2
The Franklin County Flyers JV team traveled to Winchester Tuesday night to play George Rogers Clark. The Flyers came from behind in the second half to end the contest in a 2-2 draw.
The Cardinals scored their first goal of the game with 28 minutes remaining in the first half. A header was placed in the back of the net on a corner kick by the GRC offense. A few minutes later, the Cardinals struck again when their striker was able to sink a shot over the head of the Flyers’ goalkeeper.
The Flyer defense then took control of the game and held the Cardinals scoreless the remainder of the match. The first half Flyer goalkeeper, Mason Parritt, had several saves against a strong Cardinal offense. The Flyers put their first score on the board with 11 minutes remaining in the half when freshman Curtis Green scored on an assist from his brother, freshman Zach Green. The Cardinals led 2-1 at halftime.
“Our JV team continues to impress and show their determination,” JV coach Jason Adkins said. “We played decent in the first half, but were down at halftime. We controlled the game from that point on both on defense and offense.”
It didn’t take the Flyers’ offense long to tie the game once the second half began. With 32:38 remaining, Green had a hard shot on goal that was deflected by the Cardinal goalkeeper, but Matthew Melton was there to finish for the score.
“Spending most of the second half on the attack, I was very impressed with our ability to keep possession on their side of the field,” Adkins said. “Both of our goals were earned by working hard in the box.”
The FCHS JV Flyers (1-1-1) travel to Versailles Thursday night to play Woodford County.