• Bill Caine, Woodford Sports Sun Editor

Jackets win a pair of district road games

The Woodford County High School boys' soccer team completed a road game sweep last week beating Western Hills and Franklin County at Capitol View Park. The Jackets produced quality soccer in a hostile environment in back to back wins to begin district play. The lone goal in the Jackets' win over Franklin County Aug. 30 was WCHS junior Colton Johnson scoring on a penalty kick with 26 minutes to play in the second half. The kick came after a foul in the Flyers keeper box. The Flyer goalkeeper got a hand on the shot, but the ball snuck into the net despite the effort. The Woodford County defense was stellar throughout the game, but after the goal, the Jackets defense shut down the Flyer passing lanes and did not allow a quality chance for Franklin County for the remainder of the game "Franklin County always seems to play their best against Woodford, and this game was no different," said WCHS Coach Fonyam Atanga. "We controlled most of the game, had more opportunities to score, but didn’t convert any from open play. We played one of our best games of the season so far though in my opinion because we dealt with all threats that came our way, and stayed composed despite the physicality of the game. Our effort was as good as we’ve had all season. Winning two district games definitely helps put us closer to achieving our goal of winning back our district crown." The Woodford County High School boys' soccer team earned a 3-1 district victory over Western Hills Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Capitol View Park in Frankfort. The Jackets gave up an early goal in the first half and played lockdown defense the remainder of the game. The Jackets scored a pair of goals on shots by senior Brandon Cromwell and junior Guy Mogge. The Jackets defense broke down for the lone Wolverine goal, but the Jackets dominated possession of the ball in the first half. Cromwell struck again midway through the second half when he faked out a Western Hills defender and snuck the ball past the keeper. WCHS freshman Cai Coburn hit the crossbar with a strike from 20-yards out, but the Wolverines keeper came up with the ball to avoid any further damage. WCHS senior Chris Phelps missed wide of the net late in the game. The Jackets managed four shots in the final five minutes and kept the pressure on the Wolverines the entire half. "It's always nice to win your first district game and even sweeter on the road," said Atanga. "We struggled at midfield in the first half. We had no tactical discipline and were not making smart choices. We were outshot in the first half. In the second half, we made our guys more aware of their positioning, and it made a big difference."

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