Hornets win Hot Dog Invitational
By Anthony Vence firstname.lastname@example.org www.chronicle-tribune.com
The Frankfort and Rossville soccer teams played to a 3-3 tie (with Rossville winning the game in the penalty shootout 5-4) during the opening game of the Hot Dog Invitational Saturday.
Rossville moved on to play the winner of Crawfordsville versus Delphi for the championship game, eventually defeating Delphi 5-1 for the championship, while Frankfort played the loser for the consolation game.
Frankfort’s offensive was in heavy pursuit during the first half, but Rossville sophomore goaltender David Taylor made some key saves to keep the game scoreless.
With 20 minutes remaining in the first half, Rossville junior Griffey Saylor snuck a low shot past Frankfort freshman goaltender Erick Guardado to make it 1-0.
The game remained 1-0 going into halftime in part due to Taylor’s play in net and the Rossville defenders’ ability to clear the ball out of the box.
Rossville had a quick start to the second half when Saylor set up senior Zane Gottschalk for a goal less than a minute into the half. Minutes later, Frankfort scored their first goal as sophomore Abraham Bernardo Franco ripped a shot into the top corner of the net. He scored again with 29 minutes remaining to tie the game 2-2.
With 22 minutes remaining in the game, Gottschalk netted his second goal of the game on a breakaway. Three minutes later Frankfort senior Alex Ayala-Pineda tied the game.
With the game winding down a Frankfort forward collided with Taylor, causing Rossville’s starting goaltender to leave the game. Sophomore goaltender Wynn Smith filled in and was tested early and made the save.
The game ended in regulation tied at 3-3 and went directly to a penalty kick shootout. Smith made a save on Frankfort senior Rafael Reyes’ shot, which ended up being the deciding factor of the shootout.
Rossville head coach Joel Wilson said he was proud of the way his team played against a tough opponent.
“I think they played their hearts out today,” he said. “We told them going in that this is going to be a tough contest. Frankfort is always a good team, and I knew it was going to be a battle and they battled it out.”
“I’m proud of the way they finished it,” he added, “They didn’t quit.”
Frankfort head coach Lucas Fausett said he was proud of his team’s effort, but believed they could’ve won the game in regulation time.
“They came back from adversity, and I can’t be more proud of that,” he said.
In the championship game, Rossville defeated Delphi 5-1. Saylor netted two goals for the Hornets and Gottschalk added one. Junior Jayden Rosen and senior Austin Higbee also scored for the Hornets.
In the consolation game, Frankfort defeated Crawfordsville 5-0. Reyes netted a goal for the Hot Dogs as well as senior Christian Perez, junior Javier Aguirre, senior Leovardo Lopez and junior Kyle Giebel.