• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Boys lose to Frankfort 1-0

DREW BLAYDES battles for position against Henry Clay on Sept. 14. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School boys' soccer team was defeated 1-0 at Frankfort High School Sept. 12. The game was highly anticipated, with Frankfort being undefeated coming into the match-up. The Jackets were short-handed a starting forward in the match-up after some cards were handed out last week in the Boyle County game. The Frankfort game was a classic tug of war match-up. Both teams play an aggressive style of offense and are anchored by some of the best defensive players in the state. The first half was a chess match between the two head coaches. Both teams had a few chances on net, but both teams came away empty-handed. In the second half, the game was again a stalemate until the final two minutes when Frankfort was able to sneak one in the back of the net which was the difference in the game. "Last night was one of those games in which our lack of experience really hurt us," said coach Fonyam Atanga. "Frankfort is a very good team that has been scoring multiple goals per game throughout the season. We suppressed most of their build-up play and reduced their goal scoring opportunities to only a handful for the entire game. As a matter of fact, we had more goal scoring opportunities than they did. It hurt us tremendously that we didn't have one of our starting forwards, as we just didn't have enough to make one of our several goal scoring opportunities count. Overall, I'd say the boys played very well. They did a great job executing the game plan, especially defensively. Unfortunately, it all came down to just one moment where we lacked concentration with about a minute and a half left in the game and Frankfort took advantage and scored the only goal of the game." The Henry Clay Blue Devils beat the Jackets 1-0 on Sept. 14 at Community Stadium. This was one of those games that had it all. There were shots that hit the post, collisions in mid-air and both teams exhausted at the end. In the first half, Henry Clay came out and was aggressive with their offense. After the Jackets fought off the attack, the game became a back-and-forth, down-the-field kind of game. Neither team wanted to give an inch, and the defenses were the stars of the first half. Late in the first half, Brandon Cromwell broke through a pair of defenders to fire a shot from 15 yards away that hit the right post and went out of bounds. In the second half, the Jackets continued to pressure the Blue Devils. After a quick turnover, Henry Clay received the first break of the game on a deflected ball that was fired in the back of the net for the only goal of the game. The Jackets increased their pressure in response to the goal and had a handful of chances stopped by the Blue Devil defense. "Our improvement is obvious," said Atanga. "Henry Clay is ranked number three in state, and their only loss is 1-0 to Dunbar who is number two in the state. To stay in a game like this tonight where the only difference was a deflected clearance is a very positive thing. They did not beat us, and we did not beat ourselves, but somehow it ended up 1-0. Give credit to Henry Clay for weathering the storm. We put a ton of pressure on them in this game, and they survived it."

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