Travis Skelton scored five goals to lead the Frankfort High Panthers to a 6-1 victory over Berea Monday night at Sower Soccer Complex.
The junior wasted no time getting started when he scored less than three minutes into the game. Skelton dribbled the ball straight to the goal and when the goalkeeper reacted to the right, the junior sent it to the left for the 1-0 advantage.
“He’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong and took advantage of his opportunities,” FHS assistant coach Brad Kennedy said. “He said he only missed one on breakaway balls, so he was efficient and that’s what a striker has to do.”
Skelton scored twice more in the first half off an assist from junior Bailey Spade with 10:05 to play, and when he headed the ball in off a corner kick from sophomore Jordan Perry.
Spade also added a goal on a penalty kick after Skelton was pushed in the back by Berea goalkeeper Gabriel Gomez.
“Bailey is sort of our heartbeat,” Kennedy said. “He makes us go. He is skilled and can deliver the things we as coaches are asking for on the ball.”
The Panthers (7-7) led 4-0 at halftime before Berea sophomore Austin Rose booted in a ball sent by junior Nick Fouch.
The Pirates (2-6) trailed 4-1 until Skelton scored his fourth goal of the night off an assist from Spade in the 23rd minute, and then booted in his final goal with seven minutes to play.
Junior Church Gray was in the goal for the Panthers.
Frankfort plays Burgin 7 p.m. today at Sower Soccer Complex.