Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcon soccer team’s season came to an end Saturday night, falling on the road to Franklin County, 0-2, in district tournament action.
But, the young team with little depth managed to put up one of the best overall records in several years for the program at 6-4-2. Lincoln County had three games in five days last week. By the time the ladies got to the tournament, the legs were gone.
The Lady Falcons had three seniors on this year’s team. Anna Barnes, Sophie Robbel and McKenzie Green have wrapped up their careers as Lady Falcons.
But, the future looks bright for the program. The ladies used nine freshmen in the starting rotation.
“We are proud of the girls for what they were able to accomplish this season,” said Coach Roger LaPlante. “With eight or nine freshmen on the field and 6 victories, we feel good about the future. We were able to battle and compete with the older, more experienced teams, only surrendering more than 2 goals in two matches.
“We certainly feel the girls gave it their all,” he added. “While we came up a little short on the scoreboard, there is no doubt that the Lady Falcons grew up a little bit every night, and with 9 freshmen playing significant minutes, this experience will certainly be beneficial moving forward with the program.
“We’re sad to see our seniors move on but pleased they were sent off with a winning season, and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to coach them. They are remarkable young women who are destined to make a positive impact in whatever areas they pursue.”
Saturday night against Franklin County, the ladies trailed 0-2 at the break with the Lady Rebels scoring at the 20- and 40-minute marks. The Lady Falcons kept Franklin County off the board the second half but failed to score.
The Lady Falcons took 6 shots on goal; Franklin Co. had 11. Keeper Ashley Yatsko finished with 9 saves.
Thursday, the ladies hosted Columbia in a make-up game and went down, 1-3.
Anna Barnes was first to find the net at the 25-minute mark. The Lady Falcons were up 1-0 at the break.
But, the Lady Lions added three goals in the second half at 43, 51 and 76 minutes.
LCHS took 6 shots on goal; Columbia had 12. Yatsko was credited with 9 saves.
Tuesday, the ladies went down on the road in Franklin County, 0-1. The Lady Falcons controlled 60 of the 80 minutes of play. The Lady Rebels’ goal came on a free kick at the 17-minute mark.
Lincoln County took 11 shots on goal, hitting the post on three tries but failing to find the net. Franklin County had 4 shots on goal. Yatsko had 3 saves.