SHORT GAP - Soccer season began for Frankfort when the girls traveled to North Marion on Saturday to take on the Lady Huskies and suffered a 7-0 defeat. On Tuesday, the girls took on Berkeley Springs and succumbed to the Lady Indians by a final tally of 6-1.

By Chapin Jewell
Tribune Correspondent
SHORT GAP - Soccer season began for Frankfort when the girls traveled to North Marion on Saturday to take on the Lady Huskies and suffered a 7-0 defeat. On Tuesday, the girls took on Berkeley Springs and succumbed to the Lady Indians by a final tally of 6-1.  
For the Frankfort boys, their season opener against Berkeley Springs proved successful with a 5-2 victory.
In boys’ action on Tuesday, Frankfort did all their scoring damage with underclassmen, as the Falcons’ Cameron Lynch, making his high school soccer debut, led the way with a hat trick, followed by sophomore Levi Sgaggero who tallied two goals.  
Lynch scored his first goal less than three minutes into the game on an assist from fellow freshman Braxton Pyles. Two minutes later, Berkeley Springs tied it up on a goal from David Kinder.  Frankfort’s Levi Sgaggero scored the first of his goals on a penalty kick with 18:21 to go in the first half to give Frankfort the 2-1 lead.  With 1:31 to go in the first half, Lynch scored his second goal, assisted by Aiden Adams, to give the Falcons a 3-1 halftime lead.
Lynch scored his third goal on a header with 31:06 to go in the game, extending the Frankfort lead to 4-1. Berkeley responded with a goal by Tristan Romo to cut the Frankfort lead to 4-2.  Frankfort’s final goal came with just three seconds into the contest to give the Falcons the 5-2 victory.
“It was a section game, it was a PVC game, so it was an important game. You could tell it was our first game of the season as there was a lot of rust on the boys, positionally and in holding their shape. But, the one thing is that they gave absolutely everything and left it on the field, that’s what I wanted from them. That’s what they gave me,” Frankfort boys’ soccer coach Patrick Brett explained.
According to Brett, “We took our chances when they came, and I thought we deserved the win. We had three guys who left with a cramp, and the boys just left it all out there. It’s going to have to be that way when you’ve got a shallow bench, but, I couldn’t ask any more from them. They gave me absolutely everything they could give me and I couldn’t be any more proud of them.”
On Saturday at North Marion, the Lady Huskies used six different goal scorers to amass the 7-0 victory over Frankfort’s Lady Falcons. Senior star forward Karlie Denham scored two of North Marion’s three first-half goals.  
“North Marion has a lot of talent and a deep roster.  They have as many freshmen as we have players. The first half wasn’t too bad, we played well, we passed well, we moved well, we just couldn’t keep up after the second half. They couldn’t finish and just got wore out,” Frankfort girls’ soccer coach Chris Brooks explained.
According to Brooks, “Today, against Berkeley Springs, our passing was not where it was on Saturday, especially in the first half. We weren’t passing the way we know we can. The shots aren’t there, and the ones that we are taking, they’re not what we know we can do either. We’re making opportunities by passing well sometimes, but we’re not finishing.”
Mikaila Ek led the way for Berkeley Springs in the 6-1 victory over Frankfort, scoring four of the Indians’ six goals. Britney Huntley and Natalie Olsen scored the other two goals for Berkeley Springs. Frankfort senior Rachel Noah scored Frankfort’s lone goal in the contest.  
Both the Frankfort boys and girls will play host to Keyser today in Short Gap, with girls’ action kicking off at 4 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 6 p.m.