A veteran Franklin County team overcame a slow start and went on to rout a young Owen County bunch, 10-0, in the first round of the Frankfort Rotary Capital City Soccer Classic at Sower Field Tuesday night.
The Flyers improved to 2-1 heading into a match with Frankfort Thursday night at 6 in Round 2 of the tournament.
Owen County and Western Hills play at 8 Thursday.
The event concludes Saturday with FHS vs. Owen at 6 and FCHS vs. WHHS at 8.
Owen’s Rebels, 0-3, put up a good fight against Franklin County for the first 18 minutes of the game, holding the Flyers scoreless.
But junior Johnathon Medina scored from just off the side of the goal mouth with 21:41 left in the first half, and senior Logan Goodwin dribbled in unmarked 2:30 later to make it 2-0 and the rout was on.
Senior Dawson Willis scored at 17:55 for 3-0, and senior Josh Baeza added two goals late in the first half for a 5-0 Franklin County lead at the break.
“We have had a problem finishing, and they were getting frustrated,” Franklin County coach Louis Tandy said of the Flyers’ struggles early. “But once we got the first one and then the second, you could see them lighten up.
“We moved the ball well, and we moved off the ball really good, and I was glad to see that,” Tandy added. “We made a lot of good runs off the ball and got ourselves in a position to score, and in position to make passes. I thought we controlled it in the middle and looked out.”
The second half was more of the same, with all five remaining goals by the Flyers coming from underclassmen.
Medina scored again after intermission, and the other four FCHS scores came from juniors Tyrone Hayden, Siever Tandy and Logan Harp and sophomore Curtis Green.
“It was very good to see, and there were a lot of different assists, too,” Tandy said. “We have some seniors (seven), and we have some younger ones, too, that put forth a lot of effort.
“I thought Chris Green and (freshman) Austin Mefford played exceptionally well, and Logan Goodwin had a good game in several positions,” he added. “I need somebody I can do that with, and Logan is a senior and has a lot of leadership.”
Franklin County’s defense was solid, leaving senior goal keepers Adam Gehlhausen (56 minutes) and Joe Meyer (some 15 minutes) little to do but observe from afar.
Tandy indicated it’s hard to tell much in a win like this, over an Owen County team that has only one senior on the roster.
But he was pleased with several aspects of the Flyers’ performance.
“We worked with some different formations,” Tandy said. “We played different people in different places and worked on some things that maybe we can use down the road.”