After a 7-1 defeat on the road against Madison Southern Thursday, Franklin County’s girls soccer team came back strong Saturday in a 6-3 victory against Lincoln County at Sower Soccer Complex.
“We had a rough game Thursday night down at Madison Southern, so to see the girls bounce back the way they did today was tremendous,” FCHS head coach Jon Sutphin said. “We got off to a good start and just carried that through the whole game.”
The Lady Flyers scored the first two goals of the match. Emily Wilkerson netted the first goal with the assist from Kerry Taylor. And then four minutes later, the roles were reversed as Wilkerson assisted Taylor for a goal.
The Lady Patriots got on the board midway through the first half, but Dasia Kilbourne scored off an assist by Sammie
Arnold to give the Lady Flyers a 3-1 lead and the Lady Patriots never got closer after that point.
Lady Flyer Rebecca Fogg scored off of a direct kick, Lincoln County answered a minute later and FCHS took a 4-2 lead into halftime.
Kilbourne scored two more goals in the second half for a hat trick, which extended the Lady Flyer lead to four, 6-2.
“Dasia is such a powerful player up top for us,” Sutphin said. “One of the things that we have been working with her on is trying to realize how important it is for her not to just be a scorer but to also be a distributor of the ball.
“She didn’t have any assists but she did a good job moving the ball around, not trying to force it too much and taking opportunities when she had them, but also trusting in her teammates.”
Arnold and goalie Kerrigan Brown assisted Kilbourne’s second half goals. Lincoln County’s Kristen Meece scored her second goal late for the game’s final score.
Franklin County has a 5-1 record, including a 3-1 mark this week.
“Our thinking was if we could come out 3-1 this week, that would be a great week for us and the girls did a really good job,” Sutphin said. “We had a couple little mental mistakes, but the positives that we did on the field athletically and mentally far outweighed the few mistakes that we made. I was real pleased with the way the girls played.”
FCHS will next play host to Montgomery County Tuesday.