Frankfort High’s boys soccer team played well enough to win, but it wasn’t the play coach Sherrill Smith was looking for.
The Panthers (3-3) got off to a slow start Wednesday on their way to a 4-0 victory over Oneida Baptist in the opening round of the Frankfort High Invitational at Sower Soccer Complex.
“Some days the technical side of the game won’t be there, but you can always work hard,” Smith said, “and you should always work hard.
“We were having trouble controlling the ball, and that wouldn’t let us get our passing game going.”
That didn’t keep the Panthers from reaching the championship match of the tournament, where they’ll face Paris (1-4-1) at 8 tonight. Paris defeated Louisville Holy Cross 3-1 Wednesday, and Holy Cross (1-3) will face Oneida Baptist (1-1-1) at 6 in the third-place match.
Frankfort’s match was scoreless through the first 17 minutes, but Bailey Spade connected on a free kick to give FHS a 1-0 lead with 23:11 left in the first half.
Less than two minutes later Spade launched a shot that found the bottom left corner of the net for a 2-0 Frankfort advantage.
With 16:33 left in the first half a goal by Elijah Bates put FHS ahead 3-0, and that was the score at halftime.
“We were up 3-0, but I didn’t feel we controlled the game the way we should have,” Smith said.
While both teams threatened in the second half, the only goal came with 6:45 remaining when Travis Skelton scored off a free kick by Spade.
“In the second half we played well enough, but against a more talented squad we need to pick up the intensity,” Smith said. “Every game we need to be more focused and intense to play at the next level.”
Church Gray recorded the shutout in goal for Frankfort, and Dejour Frazier was in goal for the Mountaineers.