Frankfort has mixed results against East Fairmont, Hampshire, Petersburg

Staff Writer
Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Frankfort's Aiden Adams kicks the ball into the net in heavy traffic against Petersburg.
Tribune photo by Chapin Jewell

By Chapin Jewell

Tribune Correspondent

SHORT GAP - Beginning with last Saturday, the Frankfort boys’ and girls’ soccer teams have been busy.  The Falcons hosted East Fairmont on Saturday, Sep.12, traveled to Hampshire on Tuesday, Sep. 15, and hosted Petersburg on Thursday, Sep. 17.

The Frankfort boys finished 1-2 on the three-game slate to bring their record to 3-2 overall on the young season. The Falcons dropped the Saturday game to East Fairmont by a score of 6-3.  Frankfort then dropped their Tuesday game at Hampshire by a tally of 6-2. Finally, Thursday’s matchup with Petersburg put the Falcons back in the win column with a solid 9-0 victory.

The Frankfort girls dropped the Saturday game to East Fairmont 8-0, lost the Tuesday game at Hampshire 6-1, then tied Petersburg 4-4 on Thursday. By going 0-2-1 on the week, the Lady Falcons dropped their overall record to 0-4-2.

Against East Fairmont, the Frankfort boys scored first to take the 1-0 lead. The Bees responded to tie the game at 1-1.  Frankfort would then score again to take a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.  East Fairmont responded quickly after the break to tie the game 2-2 and then two more goals brought the Bee’s lead to 4-2.  Frankfort inched a goal closer to get it to within one goal (4-3).  East Fairmont then scored two goals in the final minute to claim the 6-3 victory.

East Fairmont’s Lance Cerullo led the way with a hat trick, while Luke Hawrenick, Eli Morris and Travis Hardwick netted one goal each.

“That was a team full of juniors and seniors.  We are a young team, we were up at halftime, it was inevitable that in the latter stages of the third game for y sub a week,we were going to run out of gas.  Then we went a man down due to injury. But, I thought the boys performed admirably frankly. If you would have offered me a record of 2-1 at the beginning of the week, I would have took it,” Frankfort coach Patrick Brett stated.

According to Brett, “I can’t say enough about them. They gave everything, they left everything on the field again for the third game running. We just fell a little short there at the end of the game. We were in it until the last couple of minutes, and you can’t ask for more than that.”

The Frankfort girls were blanked by East Fairmont by a score of 8-0. Keirstyn Maxey led the way for the Lady Bees with a hat trick while Maddie Lott added two goals. In addition, Becky Buchanan, McKenzie Moyer and Ally Comas scored one goal each. With the win, East Fairmont stayed undefeated at 6-0.

On Tuesday, the Frankfort girls fell at Hampshire by a score of 6-1.  Izzy Blomquist led the way for the Lady Trojans with two goals. In addition, Kaleigh Hott, Hannah Ault, Kaelyn Knight and Teeia Keckley netted one goal each for the Green and White.  The win elevated Hampshire’s record to 3-2.  Frankfort’s lone goal was scored by Izzy Layton.

Also on Tuesday, the Frankfort boys fell 6-2 to host Hampshire.  Hampshire scored the first two goals of the game to take a 2-0 lead.  Frankfort’s Levi Sgagerro then scored on a penalty kick to cut the Trojan lead to one goal (2-1). Hampshire outscored Frankfort 4-1 the rest of the way, however, to claim the 6-2 victory on Senior Night for the Trojans and bring their record to 2-3.

The Brothers Strawn combined for five goals for Hampshire with older brother Andrew tallying a hat trick, and Dominick scoring two goals. Corbin McAllister score the remaining goal for the Trojans. Frankfort’s goals came from Sgagerro and Aiden Adams.

At home against Petersburg on Thursday, Frankfort’s boys would not be denied the back of the net. After a slow start, the Falcons exploded for a total of nine goals in earning the 9-0 victory, pushing their record above .500 at 3-2.

Frankfort had a 4-0 lead at the break and scored five additional goals in the second half. The Falcons benefited from a hat trick by Braxton Pyles, received two goals each from Aiden Adams and Cameron Lynch, and one goal each from Levi Sgagerro and Ben Nestor.

“We started very slowly, and once again it was like we had a bit of complacency, we expected to win. That often happens when you’re playing against a team that on paper you’re the favorite to beat.  In the second half we played very well,” Brett stated.

“According to Brett, “Today, I wanted the boys to concentrate on their shape and on their passing, because in a game like this, you can do that. They did that, and in the end it was the right result.  Again, I don’t want to discourage their boys too much, so I’m happy.”

Unlike the boys’ game, the Frankfort versus Petersburg girls’ contest was quite a thriller, with the game finishing in a 4-4 tie.  Both teams entered the contest winless and were certainly looking to lay claim to a victory.  Frankfort, with a 4-2 lead at the half, looked like they were well on their way to doing so.

Brianna Maxwell got Petersburg on the board first as the Vikings took an early 1-0 lead. The Lady Falcons responded with a goal from Izzy Layton to tie the score at 1-1, then Rachel Noah struck the back of the net to claim a 2-1 lead for Frankfort. Five minutes later, Ryen Sites scored tie the game 2-2 for Petersburg. With the score tied 2-2, Frankfort claimed a 4-2 lead at the half with late goals by Rylee Hopwood and Cyra Shepherd.

Petersburg’s defense stymied Frankfort’s efforts in the second half, holding the Lady Falcons scoreless. Along the way, Sites scored again for the Lady Vikings with 15:47 to go while Maxwell did the same, this time to tie things up for good at 4-4.

Frankfort took 37 shots compared to 17 for Petersburg in the tie.

“You could tell from the first minute, they wanted it more the whole time, and it showed. There were a lot of individual mistakes in the first half that led to a lot of goals that shouldn’t have happened.  But like I said, they wanted it.  So, whenever they put a ball through, if we made a mistake, they capitalized on it,” Frankfort girls’ coach Chris Brooks stated.

According to Brooks, “It wasn’t talent, or numbers or anything else, it was just they outplayed us the whole time. We took a lot of shots we just couldn’t find the back of the net. Soo, that’s definitely an improvement that we’ve made, we’re taking more shots.  In the first few games we just weren’t shooting.”

Both the Frankfort boys (3-2) and girls (0-4-2) travel to Berkeley Springs today with the girls kicking off at 10 a.m. and the boys at 12 p.m.

Frankfort's Izzy Layton navigates her way through two Petersburg defenders with the ball.
Tribune photo by Chapin Jewell