The Franklin County boys soccer team knew it faced a tough challenge Monday night when it traveled to Louisville to play the top team in the 7th Region.
Male High School, with 13 seniors on its squad, has only two losses this season and is hosting the Bulldog Cup this week. The Flyers lost 2-0 but showed how much they have grown and matured this season.
The Bulldogs, who average a four-goal win over their opponents this season, were held scoreless by the Flyers’ defense until 12:19 remaining in the first half.
Bulldog senior Campbell Morris hit the back of the net with a shot from 8 yards out. The Bulldogs led at the half 1-0.
The Flyers played the second half with the same intensity and aggression as they did the first half. They held the Bulldogs scoreless until 11:24 remained in the game, when senior Jackson Hallahan chipped the ball into the net from just a few feet away.
The Flyers were unable to connect on any of their shots on goal.
“Our boys played together as a team tonight,” FCHS coach Louis Tandy said. “We played our game well as a whole and battled toe to toe with them all the way to the end. We are getting better every game.”
Junior Josh Baeza was in goal for the Flyers for the injured Adam Gehlhausen and made several saves throughout the game.
The Flyers (4-8) travel to Louisville tonight to face the North Oldham Mustangs in the second round of the Bulldog Cup.