Lincoln County High School’s Falcon soccer team advanced in District 8-AAA tournament action with a 4-2 barn-burning win over Franklin County.
LCHS finished the sixth seed going into the tournament – the Rebels were in third. In their regular season match, Franklin County took the win 0-2.
The Falcons played most of the first half on their end of the field and were first to put a goal on the board early, just inside the 33-minute mark on a shot by Dakota Griffin with an assist from James Fee. At the 14-minute mark, Noah Sandoval put LCHS up 2-0 with another assist by Fee.
The Rebels soon answered, and it was a 2-1 game, but the first half action was far from over. Griffin scored his second goal of the night at the 17-minute mark with an assist by Sandoval, putting the Falcons up 3-0. But the Rebels found the net again, and LCHS was up by only 3-2 at the break.
In the second half, the depth of Franklin County kept the ball on the Rebels end most of the 40 minutes. At the 38-minute mark, Franklin County knotted it at 3-3. It would be nearly 25 minutes before the tie was broken. With 3:46 remaining in the game, Sandoval scored his second goal of the night with an assist from Anselmo Sanchez. The Falcons defense hung on the remaining time for the win.
For their next Lincoln County takes on the no. two seed Tullahoma Wildcats Tuesday (May 6), with game time at 7 p.m. in Tullahoma.