By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Frankfort has proven to be a tough season-opening matchup for Logansport’s boys soccer team in recent years.
The Hot Dogs scored three goals within eight minutes early in the first half and held on for a 3-0 win at Logansport Tuesday.
“This was tough for all of them because they were psychologically pumped, a home game, we had a nice crowd,” Logan coach Mike Turner said. “They just weren’t emotionally ready to give up that first goal. It just set us back and the second one caught us, then the third and finally we got to halftime.”
The Berries (0-1) came out of halftime a more focused group and just missed on a few tries that could have got them back into the game.
“We hit the post, were a little unlucky a couple times,” Turner said. “We played better in the second half. That whole first half we were disorganized. We gave up that goal, then the second one. Then we just got more disorganized.
“And I was trying to sub to get guys in there. They were asking for subs and wanting water, they were feeling the goals and feeling the loss. They lost their energy.”
The Berries were also shorthanded. They lost starting right defender Ernesto Galvan to injury at Saturday’s scrimmage at Warsaw, and sure enough the Hot Dogs (1-0) scored the game’s first goal from the spot that he would have occupied.
“That’s where the first goal from,” Turner said. “We had a sophomore at right defender.
“We’ve got a couple guys with quad strains. And we’ve got a couple guys sitting out right now, they’ll be in the lineup next Tuesday — focus, lack of leadership — I just wasn’t going to give them any playing time.”
Frankfort’s Cristofer Alconedo had two goals and an assist to lead the way for the Hot Dogs. Evan Giebel had the other goal.
The Hot Dogs scored in the game’s ninth minute and eight minutes later it was a 3-0 game.
“The kids were anxious to play, they were ready to play,” Frankfort coach Oegario Martinez said. “It was good to have three good goals in the first half because we knew going into the second half the other team was going to come out real, real strong. And they did. It’s a really good team. But somehow we hold them up and we come out with the win.”
Frankfort went 14-2 a year ago, with the only two losses being to Harrison and then to eventual champion McCutcheon in sectional play. The Hot Dogs lost eight starters to graduation but expect to be strong again. Alconedo didn’t even play last year due to injury.
“I think we’re a little quicker this year and we’ve got a real strong offense,” Martinez said.
The Berries will try to bounce back next week when they host West Lafayette on Tuesday. Their coach is looking for his team to bounce back quicker when adversity strikes.
“My biggest thing with them is lack of mental focus, lack of just staying in the game,” he said. “If we give up a goal they have a hard time getting refocused. They let little setbacks affect them. It takes them too long to recover. We’ve been working on that all summer. Hopefully this game will toughen them up that much more for the next game.”
Beau Wicker is the sports editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
w/ scorebox: Frankfort 3, Logan 0. Next: Berries host West Lafayette next Tuesday.