The Franklin County High School boys soccer team lost to the Columbia Central Lions 5-0 on the road Tuesday for the team's first loss of the season.
The Lions scored most of their goals in a 10-minute period to start the second half, and Franklin County was not able to answer back.
Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said he was pleased with his team’s effort for most of the game, but those 10 minutes proved to be costly.
“We had a 10-minute period of time during the game where we made a few mistakes and just let them build on it. It was really tough to come back from,” Bean said. “But, for the other 70 minutes, we fought with a really strong team.”
The Lions kept the ball on Franklin County’s side of the field for most of the first half, but the defense was able to continually turn them away.
Camden Eslick had a good chance to score for Franklin County late in the first half on a breakaway. However, an uncalled tug of the jersey by a trailing Columbia defender would neutralize the scoring opportunity.
The game was tied at 0-0 at halftime.
The Lions got their first goal less than two minutes into the second half, and they added a second goal less than a minute later to make it a 2-0 game.
The Lions scored two more goals shortly afterward to make it a 4-0 game with 31 minutes to play.
The last goal from the Lions would come with about 19 minutes remaining to put the final deficit at 5-0.
The Franklin County players were not able to find the net in the closing moments of the game as they lost by five.
With the loss, Franklin County moved to 1-1-2 on the season and 0-1 in district play.
The boys soccer team will next play Thursday at home against Lincoln County High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.