The Frankfort Lady Panthers have had a rough start to the soccer season, losing their first four games by a combined 36-1, but coach Daniel Rogers’ team did not play like a defeated bunch Thursday in their fifth match — a 6-0 loss to Bryan Station.
The 5-1-1 Lady Defenders led just 2-0 at halftime of the battle at Sower Soccer Complex and did not gain significant breathing room until the middle stages of the second half.
“I don’t think the score was real indicative,” Rogers said. “We’re starting to string passes together, we’re seeing improvements in our shape, and the girls are working hard.”
Junior goalkeeper Serena Frye played a good game for FHS, making Bryan Station earn most of its scores. Senior Taylor Addams played well in the center, and senior Maggie Smith anchored a significantly improved offense for the Lady Panthers.
“Our keeper had her least active half of soccer since we’ve been playing the game,” Rogers said of Frye. “(Offensively) We had as many looks and shots in this game as we’ve had in every other game combined. And the shots we had, we earned. They weren’t just easy shots.”
Freshman Simone Bibbs led the Lady Defenders with two goals. Freshmen Madelyn Edinger and Zephany Rushin scored one goal each, and sophomores Emma Hacker and Marisol Morales added one goal each.
But even as the game got away from them after halftime, the Lady Panthers appeared to keep playing as if the score was tied.
“One of the reasons is because they knew we gave up some quality goals,” Rogers said. “We didn’t give up simple goals. When you give up easy goals, you get (mentally) defeated. When you know the other team had to earn the goals, you still have that fighting spirit. And we’ve got it.”
Sophomore Rachel Mooney played well in goal for Bryan Station.
Unfortunately, the road for the Lady Panthers will not get immediately easier, as they host regional power Woodford County Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.