Kara McDaniel

Franklin County's Kara McDaniel lines up a shot during a game Tuesday at Coffee County Central High School. McDaniel scored two goals in the 4-3 win.

The Franklin County High School girls soccer team beat the Coffee County Lady Raiders 4-3 on the road Tuesday for their fourth win of the season.

Franklin County took the lead midway through the first half and maintained a steady advantage throughout the second half to secure a district victory.

Franklin County head soccer coach Kent Bean said his team put together a good performance with some near misses preventing a wider margin of victory.

“I was proud of the girls’ effort. I thought we were pretty dominant in the game,” he said. “The score was a little closer than it should have been, but we were shooting. We had a lot of close ones and just couldn’t put them in the net.”

Franklin County got off to a fast start as Kara McDaniel knocked the ball into the net four minutes into the game to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Raiders would answer back about 15 minutes later as they scored their first goal to tie the game at 1-1.

The tie would last for less than five minutes, however, as McDaniel broke through the defense and fired a shot that glanced off of the opposing goalkeeper’s hands and into the net for her second goal of the day and third of the season.

Franklin County led 2-1 at halftime.

Two goals would be scored in the first minute of the second half as Franklin County quickly worked the ball down the field with Baylor Russell knocking a shot in to make it a 3-1 game after 18 seconds.

The Lady Raiders responded just 17 seconds later with a quick score of their own to quickly bring the lead back down to one.

Russell would give Franklin County some breathing room with about 20 minutes remaining as she fired a high, arcing shot which went over everybody and into the corner of the goal for her second score of the day to put the lead at 4-2.

The Lady Raiders would score one more time in the final minute of the contest, but Franklin County would still hold on to win by one.

With the win, Franklin County improved to 4-3-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in district play.

The girls soccer team will next play Thursday at home against Warren County High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.