Frankfort boys blank Hampshire 3-0 in soccer Homecoming game
By Chapin Jewell
SHORT GAP - On Sep. 15, Frankfort traveled to Hampshire where the Falcons were drubbed by the host Trojans on Senior Night by a score of 6-2. Eleven days later, Hampshire made the return trip to Short Gap to take on the Falcons on what would be the soccer Homecoming for Frankfort.
Same results right? To the contrary. In a remarkable turn of fortune, Frankfort countered that four goal, 6-2 loss to Hampshire with a three goal, 3-0 shutout victory in Short Gap. This represents a seven-goal turnaround from game one to game two, all within just an 11-day period.
After the contest, Frankfort head coach Patrick Brett was asked what he attributed the turnaround too.
“Firstly, maybe a little bit of complacency from them from the first game. I told my boys before the game, I took them and put them together, I said ‘look, they might think they’ve already one this, that’s the biggest mistake in sports. So if you go at them, attack them, put them on the back foot, we can do something here. Especially with them coming off turf to grass, like we went off grass to turf,” Brett stated.
According to Brett, “We went at them and I think we deserved to win, we were the better team. We dominated the game, we really did. Stephen (Shambaugh) made some nice saves, but they were all saves he should make. They were never through one on one with our keep, like they were over on their field.”
“Our defense held them beautifully, the midfield worked until they could drop, and we got the goals when we needed them. It was just a perfect performance,” Brett stated.
Brett remarked that the victory clearly demonstrated a total team effort on behalf of his Falcons, “I think it was a complete team effort, in fact, if I want to make one comment at the end of this, is that, that’s what these guys are, we don’t have any superstars, we’re a complete team, including the bench, everybody. It’s great to see, it’s just great to see.”
Frankfort started off the scoring with a goal from freshman Braxton Pyles. Later on in the first half, the Falcons’ Levi Sgagerro scored on a penalty kick to give Frankfort a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Finally, late in the contest, Falcon junior Carson Jewell delivered the third goal as Frankfort claimed the 3-0 victory.
With the win, the young Frankfort squad has exceeded expectations, now with a record of 6-2.
“We’ve exceeded expectations, way beyond. Every week they surprise me. Every game they surprise me, every game. I just can’t say enough about them, they are a team. That’s the key from this, a team is what they are,” Brett concluded.
Frankfort travels to Petersburg Saturday to take on the Vikings at 12 p.m.