By Sean Dunlap
Franklin County’s varsity soccer programs came off the end-of-year holiday hiatus red hot — with each program claiming three straight wins to start the new year.
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LADY SOCCER DAWGS
FC 7, BOGUE CHITTO 0
FC’s varsity girls upended Bogue Chitto, 7-0, on Monday, Jan. 4 in a mercy-rule shortened contest at home.
Jenna Long and Kayleigh Bolt each accounted for two goals for the Lady Dawgs while Karlee Wallace, Katie Belle Higgs and Raylynn Winkler each found the next once in the win.
As a team, Franklin amassed 25 shots on the night with 13 shots on goal.
Ashlyn O’Quinn led FC with two assists while Alyssa Touchstone and Long each had one.
Ali Bolt and Karlee Wallace paced the Lady Dawgs with seven steals apiece as Winkler, O’Quinn, Amberly Wallace, Madeline Brumfield and Lilly Hutto each had five take-aways.
Higgs, who split time with Katherine Romero as goalkeeper, earned the win.
FC 4, NORTH PIKE 0
With two goals in each half, Franklin cruised past North Pike, 4-0, on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at home.
Long, Bolt, Winkler and Karlee Wallace each had goals in the contest with Winkler credited with a pair of assists.
Long and Karlee Wallace both scored on penalty kicks in the outing.
As a whole, the Lady Dawgs recorded 32 shots and 16 shots on goal — with Long and Bolt having seven shots each while Winkler recorded five.
Long also had four shots on goal.
Karlee Wallace led all players with 11 steals against North Pike with Ali Bolt accounting for eight take-aways and Hutto finishing with seven.
Winkler, Brumfield, O’Quinn and Brooklin Cupit each accounted for six steals.
Higgs had two saves as keeper in the shut-out win.
FC 2, WEST LINCOLN 0
In its third shut-out in as many outings, Franklin County scored a goal in each half to walk away with a 2-0 win over West Lincoln on the road.
Long and Morgan Laird each scored goals with Hutto credited with two assists for the Lady Dawgs.
Of the 21 shots taken by FC against West Lincoln, Long had six of those and Laird had four.
Franklin had eight shots on goal with Long and Laird accounting for three and two of those, respectively.
Ali Bolt and Karlee Wallace were impressive with 12 steals each for the Lady Dawgs.
O’Quinn, Cupit, Hutto, Brumfield and Winkler each had seven take-aways on the night.
Higgs and Romero split time in front of the net with each recording two saves — and both credited with the win.
The victories lifted Franklin to 13-1-1 on the season with a 6-0 district record.
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FC 5, BOGUE CHITTO 1
Franklin’s Jamari Tolliver scored two of his team’s five goals in a win over Bogue Chitto on Monday, Jan. 4 at home.
Billy Wilkerson, Colby McMillan and Ty Whittington all scored for the Dawgs.
Whittington had two assists and Hunter Thornton had one in the contest.
Franklin recorded 28 shots and 13 shots on goal with Whittington and Tolliver collecting three SOG each.
Zachary Kent and Whittington each had nine steals for FC while Kennon Johnson and Colton Shaw added eight each.
As goalkeeper, Keyundre Felton was solid with 10 saves versus only one goal allowed in 80 minutes of play.
FC 3, NORTH PIKE 0
Wilkerson earned a hat trick by scoring all three of Franklin’s goals against North Pike on Tuesday, Jan. 5 — an effort that included seven shots and four shots on goal.
Parker Marcengill and Tolliver combined for three assists with Marcengill credited with two.
Franklin had 27 shots and 13 shots on goal in the shut-out win over North Pike.
Whittington paced FC with 11 steals while Kent added eight and seven each were recorded by McMillan, Shaw, Johnson and Kolby Cox.
Felton earned the win as goalkeeper thanks to four saves during the affair.
FC 1, WEST LINCOLN 0
Wilkerson scored Franklin’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over West Lincoln on the road Thursday, Jan. 7.
Franklin had 17 shots and six shots on goal.
Whittington and Kent finished with 10 and nine steals, respectively, while Nathan Griffin and McMillan added eight take-aways each.
Felton was credited with the shut-out win as keeper with seven saves along the way.
The Dawgs have a 13-2-1 mark on the regular season and are 6-0 in district play.