Bearcats gearing up for Frankfort Rotary Capital City Soccer Classic

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By Chris Leach

After starting the season with a win and a loss, the Anderson County boys’ soccer team will play its next four games in the Frankfort Rotary Capital City Soccer Classic.

The inaugural tournament will feature four teams – including Anderson County – and will last a span of five days beginning on Aug. 20.

The other three teams competing in the tournament are Frankfort, Western Hills and Franklin County. The Bearcats will begin the tournament by playing two games on Tuesday – one against Frankfort and one against either Franklin County or Western Hills later on Tuesday evening.

The Bearcats will play in two additional games against undecided teams after Tuesday – one on Thursday and one on Saturday.

Anderson’s first opponent started the season 3-0 before Tuesday’s game, beating Waggener, Christian Academy of Louisville and Holy Cross (Louisville). The Panthers’ best player is Reed Miklavcic, who scored nine of Frankfort’s first 13 goals.

Frankfort’s goalkeeper, Sam Yocum, only allowed three goals in the Panthers’ first three games.

Western Hills only played one game before the tournament – a 1-1 tie to Rowan County, who went 21-2 last season. Lincoln Mattox scored Western Hill’s lone goal in the game, which was assisted by Lucas Nance.

Franklin County had yet to win a game in two attempts before the tournament, with the loses coming to Lexington Christian and Thomas Nelson. The Flyers only scored one goal in those two games while giving up five.

The Bearcats were 1-1 before Tuesday night’s game with the win coming over Owen County in the season opener last Tuesday.

Anderson beat the Rebels 6-1 thanks to a hat trick from Colin Kays. The junior scored three goals in the game, two of which came in the first half.

Daniel Guardia scored two of Anderson’s goals while Taylor Wright scored the other.

“We got it under our belts, we got a good win, so that’s a positive, but I do think that we’re a better soccer team than what we showed today,” Bearcat head coach Jeff Pritchett said after the win over Owen.

In Anderson’s second game of the season, the offense was much quieter which resulted in a 2-0 loss to Boyle County.