Western Hills’ and Frankfort’s girls soccer teams played to a scoreless tie in the first 13 minutes but when the Lady Wolverines got on the scoreboard, they never looked back.
The Lady Wolverines defeated the Lady Panthers 10-0 Monday in the Rotary Capital City Classic at the Sower Soccer Complex.
It took WHHS some time to adjust to the offsides trap played by FHS.
“That was our biggest thing was to get the girls to realize they were running that offsides trap,” said WHHS assistant coach Kris Wright. “Once they figured it out, it went from there. It always does. As soon as they get that first one, it’s like they understand what we are wanting and they just go for it.”
Harper Jones scored that first goal and finished the night with three goals for a hat trick.
“It was great just to come out with my team and we played well, just passing and finishing together,” Jones said. “It was a good team effort today. Frankfort definitely had a good offsides trap so it took us a while to adjust to it.”
The Wolverines scored their first three goals in a five-minute span and went into halftime with a 5-0 lead. They were able to equal that mark in the second half.
The game was cut eight minutes shorts because of the mercy rule.
Despite the loss, first-year head coach Daniel Rogers sees his Frankfort team improving from the two scrimmages to the first regular season game.
“I’m a new coach teaching them a new system,” Rogers said. “We’re trying to learn a couple of new formations and it’s working well. We got a lot of season left and one game doesn’t define anything. This is our third game and we are getting better every time.”
Following Jones in goals for Western Hills were Caroline Orange and Etelle Nfor with two goals each, and Adrienne Carter, Maria Conway and Dakotah Brown with one goal each. Nfor, a freshman, also had three assists in the contest, two of them to Jones.
“She has been a great addition this year,” Wright said. “Her and Harper really work well together.”
Amberly Peyton also had three assists. Allye Geoghegan had two and Sadie Taylor and Lexie Richardson each had one assist.
The Classic continues Wednesday. Frankfort will face Franklin County at 6 p.m., followed by Western Hills against Shelby County at 8 p.m.
The Lady Flyers defeated the Lady Rockets 3-1 in Monday’s second game.