Lady Flyers coast past Shelby

By John Minor Published:

Franklin County’s girls soccer team wasted no time scoring in the second game of the Rotary Capital City Classic Monday at the Sower Soccer Complex.

Dasia Kilbourne scored off of an assist by Sammie Arnold just around a minute into the game and the Lady Flyers defeated Shelby County, 3-1.

“What a great way to start, Dasia Kilbourne right down the middle of the field with the ball,” said Franklin County girls head soccer coach Jon Sutphin. “She’s a tremendous asset to us. She sat out last year to focus on basketball. It’s a big plus having her back on the field with us this year.”

Then Madeline Clements scored five minutes later off of an assist by Quinn May to add to the Lady Flyer lead. Shelby County’s Makayla Marr scored the Lady Rockets’ only goal later in the first half.

As they did in the first half, the Lady Flyers scored quickly in the second half. Emily Wilkerson netted a goal off of an assist from Arnold around five minutes into the period. 

“I think starting the season off like we did tonight is going to energize this team and lead us on the right path,” Arnold said.

Arnold’s play from the midfield was key to the team’s success said Sutphin.

“She did a great job controlling the middle of the field, making some great passes, moving the ball forward, moving the ball to the wings and dropping when we needed her to,” Sutphin said. “That’s what you’ve got to have out of your center midfielder.”

The overall passing of the team was a key to the victory said Sutphin.

“Our girls have the ability, because of the talent that we have on the team, to move the ball from side to side, work inside out and outside in,” Sutphin said. “That’s just going to be a huge plus for us this year.”

The Classic continues Wednesday. Franklin County will face Frankfort at 6 p.m., followed by Shelby County against Western Hills at 8 p.m. The Lady Wolverines defeated the Lady Panthers, 10-0, in Monday’s first game.

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