Wednesday and Thursday saw the last regular season matches for the Harrison County Soccer Fillies and Thorobreds as they both closed out the season with a road match at Franklin County.
The Fillies’ match was a very physical affair as Coach Jon Sutphin’s Lady Flyers led by Savannah Sutphin pushed the Fillies to the brink before the last 10 minutes of the match.
The Lady Flyers, who ended the season 4-12-1, played anything like a team that was struggling to win.
Their offense kept the ball on the Fillies’ defensive side for the majority of the match until the last 10 minutes.
The match was scoreless at the half, which led Harrison County coach Kim Jenkins to interject some strong feelings to her team.
“We were not aggressive in the first half at all,” complained the veteran coach. “They were knocking us off the ball and keeping the ball at our goal for too much of the time.”
Franklin County’s Kerry Taylor scored the match’s first goal with 26:04 to play on a rebounded corner kick.
She out-battled two Fillies defenders and kicked the sphere past goal keeper Chelsea Ingram, who had performed well in keeping the home team off the scoreboard to that point.
At the 10-minute point of the game it was like a light came on for the Fillies. They began to get more aggressive and started to force the ball onto the Lady Flyers defenders causing the goal keeper to make several saves.
Then with 5:10 to go, Amelia Bolin took a Taylor Fry assist and drove it into the back of the goal for the tying score.
Franklin County began to visibly tire as the game wound down and the Fillies kept up the offensive pressure.
The last goal came with 2:27 to play when Bolin took a Fry pass into the left of the box and Sutphin went down with an apparent injury.
The injury distracted the goal keeper and Bolin’s blocked attempt rolled right in front of the net where Haley Carr drilled it into the net for the 2-1 win.
“We really battled the last 10 minutes of the match,” said Jenkins. “This win will help us gain the needed momentum for the district next week.”
The Fillies were schedule to open district play Tuesday, Oct. 15, when they play Mason County (6-6-4) at Pendleton County.
The regular season match between the two was an 8-1 Fillies victory on Aug. 19. Harrison County closes the regular season with an 8-6 record.
The Thorobreds’ battle with the Flyers the next evening was a big game for them. They were coming off a disappointing Senior Night loss to John Hardin and were looking to regain the needed momentum going into the district on Monday.
Franklin County’s boys, like the Lady Flyers, were much better than their 4-15 record indicated so the Breds had their work cut out for them.
Despite this, the Breds, according to Coach Nick Hill, came out a little lackadaisical in the opening minutes.
In contrast, Franklin County was working its offense very well but the Harrison County defense was able to repel the scoring attempts.
The first half ended without a score giving Hill a chance to make a few points with his team.
“I told the boys at the half that while we had been on the verge of scoring so had Franklin County,” explained Hill. “I told them that we needed to keep up our communication because that would be the key to being successful.”
The Thorobreds followed through with the coach’s instructions and played much better in the second half.
The game was intense as both teams had prepared the entire season to be ready for this.
There was still no score with a minute to play when following a throw-in, Grant Carr dribbled the ball to the middle of the field where he passed to Gus Garrison at the back post. Garrison headed the ball toward the goal where the goal keeper deflected it back at Devon Barton’s feet. Barton booted it past the keeper with 20 seconds remaining and the Breds pulled out the win.
“Hopefully this will get us back on track for the district tournament,” said Hill. “We go to Mason County to play Pendleton on Monday night and I hope that we will have a large fan base for the match.”
Harrison County won the regular season match up with the 6-14-1 Wildcats but realize that the Pendleton County team plays a physical style and a win would make their season. The Thorobreds close the regular season with a 10-7 record.