Soccer teams sweep against Rocky Bayou

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM.

It was a good start for the Franklin County High School soccer teams last week, as both the girls and boys squads picked up their first season wins in their matchups against district foe Rocky Bayou in Niceville.

The girls squad, under the direction of coach Kelli Wright, notched a 2-1 triumph, while the boys squad, under coach Luis Ramon Valenzuela, tallied a 5-2 victory.

In the girls opener, the Lady Knights struck first with a goal with 10 minutes left in the first half to establish a 1-0 lead that carried through the end of the first half.

But strong second-half offensive play and counterattacks by the Lady Seahawks led to two exciting goals and many other scoring opportunities.

Five minutes into the second half, junior Jessica Shields served up one of her two great direct kicks into the box that resulted in a score. The first kick bounced to eighth grader Ali Zingarelli, who then assisted junior Gracyn Kirvin for the first Lady Seahawk goal of the match.

Roughly five minutes before the first water break, Shields served up her second free kick in the penalty box which Kirvin found a way to put it in the net for the second goal of the match. Kirvin totaled five shots on goal.

That would be all the Lady Seahawks needed to secure their first district win. “Sophomore Macey Hunt played another excellent game at goalkeeper with 12 saves,” said Wright. “She just keeps making great saves to keep our team in the game."

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