Western Hills wins Rotary Capital City Classic

By Linda Younkin Published:

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In a well-played soccer game, 90 minutes wasn’t enough to decide a winner.

Franklin County and Western Hills went to penalty kicks before WHHS came out with a 1-0 victory Saturday night in the championship match of the Rotary Capital City Classic boys tournament at Sower Soccer Complex.

“It’s the luck of the draw, PKs,” WHHS coach Emmanuel Nfor said. “It helps when you have a beast in goal.”

Wolverine goalkeeper Andrew Bates stopped two PKs to secure the win.

FCHS (3-2) and the Wolverines (4-2) played 80 minutes of regulation and two five-minute golden goal periods without scoring.

“I’m very proud of my team,” FCHS coach Louis Tandy said. “We came in with a game plan and executed it, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the net. That’s part of it.

“Give Western Hills credit. They played a very good game, and they have a lot of dangerous weapons.”

After 90 minutes of play the match went to penalty kicks, where each team sends five players to take PKs.

Austin McClease shot first for WHHS, and his attempt bounced off the right post.

The next four shots were all good, with FCHS’ Logan Harp and Seiver Tandy and WHHS’ Corey Rogers and Grayson Arnold connecting on their kicks.

Bates blocked the next two attempts by the Flyers’ Matt Johnson and Hayden Wilkerson while Western Hills’ Elijah Sutton and Seth Pickard both made their shots to give WHHS the victory.

Both teams had several opportunities to score in regulation but couldn’t get the ball in the goal.

“It’s tough,” Nfor said. “I felt like we tried to play the right way, but things were not going for us. We were missing a little something. Fortunately it was a tournament game so we went to overtime and PKs, but we weren’t clinical in front of the goal.

“We had some good chances, and their keeper (Adam Gehlhausen) made some good saves.”

Bates was in goal for the entire game for WHHS. Gehlhausen was in goal during regulation and the overtime periods, and Joe Meyer was the Flyers’ keeper during the penalty kicks.

“We played three games this week,” Louis Tandy said, “and we gave up one goal in regulation to a very good Frankfort High team.

“I can’t say enough about our defense. Matt Johnson … I didn’t get enough picks on the all-tournament team … Joe Meyer, David McIver, Adam Gehlhausen was great in goal.

“We can talk about the defense, and we can talk about the goalkeepers, but at some point during those 90 minutes everyone played defense.”

Bates was named the Most Valuable Player on the all-tournament team.

Also named to the all-tournament team were Rogers, Sutton and Keenan Jones of Western Hills, Gehlhausen, Meyer and Tandy of Franklin County, Church Gray and Keenan Thurman of Frankfort High, and Caleb Wilhoite and Micheal Bruener of Owen County.

Franklin County and Western Hills both play again Tuesday. FCHS hosts Mercer County, and the Wolverines travel to Scott County.

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