Camden Eslick

Franklin County's Camden Eslick, wearing No. 8, competes with an opposing player for control of the ball during a game Tuesday against Shelbyville Central High School. Eslick scored a goal in the 1-1 draw.

The Franklin County High School boys soccer team played the Shelbyville Central Golden Eagles to a 1-1 draw at home Tuesday for the team’s third tie of the season.

The Golden Eagles took the lead early in the second half before Franklin County came back to tie the score and force a draw in the district battle.

Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said he was happy with the way his team played through adversity in the contest.

“I was really happy with the hustle and heart we showed tonight. We don’t play with a deep roster so the guys have got to play a lot of minutes. Toward the end, we were starting to cramp up, but they fought through it and didn’t give up,” Bean said. “Even when we were down a goal, they fought back and got it back even.”

Franklin County kept the ball on Shelbyville’s side of the field for most of the first half, but the players were not able to break through for a score.

The best scoring chance for Franklin County came late in the first half when Camden Eslick received a throw-in from Eli Bagget and weaved through the defense for an open shot. However, Eslick’s shot across the goal would narrowly miss to keep the game scoreless.

The game was tied at 0-0 at halftime.

The Golden Eagles got on the board just 70 seconds into the second half to take a 1-0 lead.

Franklin County was not out of the game, however, as Eslick headed the ball into Shelbyville’s net off of a corner kick from Caleb Tubb to tie the score with 23 minutes to play. The goal was his second of the season.

Franklin County had a few more close misses as time ticked away in the second half, but the game would ultimately remain tied.

With the draw, Franklin County moved to 1-1-3 on the season and 0-1-1 in district play.

The boys soccer team will next play Thursday at Coffee County Central High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.