By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
Model Laboratory (3-0) got three goals from senior Andrew Wylie and a stellar game in goal from senior Levi Agee and cruised to a 6-0 win over Franklin County Tuesday in Richmond.
Junior Noah Valencia added a pair of goals and sophomore Rishav Aikat headed in a goal off a corner kick to round out the scoring.
The Patriots used their superior speed to overcame the extremely physical play of the Flyers early to seize control of the game both offensively and defensively.
The Flyers simply had no answer for the blazing speed of Valencia as he continually raced around and through the Franklin defenders to score or set up his teammates for easy shots. On defense, the Patriots overall team speed disrupted the Flyers offense all night.
Model coach Steve Savage said he liked the way his team handled the aggressiveness of Franklin County.
“I thought Franklin County was going to be really good. They played big and were tough and physical, especially early on,” Savage said. “That was good for us to play against a physical team like this to get used to it. We got our big defensive center half that seems to thrive on that.”
The game was scoreless for the first nine minutes, before the Patriots got rolling.
Valencia got the offense started with 30:18 left before halftime when he snared a rebound of a teammates’ headed shot that bounced off the crossbar and fired a point-blank shot past the Franklin goalkeeper.
Wylie made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later when he took a nice pass from Aikat and nailed a 20-yard shot from straight away.
With less than two minutes to play in the half, Wylie picked up a loose ball in front of the Franklin goal and chipped it in to give Model a 3-0 lead at the half.
That was all the Patriots needed on the night because of the strong play in goal by Agee, who made several tough saves in posting the shutout.
But the Patriots weren’t done yet.
Wylie picked up his third goal of the game at the 28:58 mark of the second half on a great crossing pass from Taylor Gentry to make it 4-0.
Aikat made it 5-0 with 21 minutes left in the game when he headed in a corner kick, then Valencia finished off the scoring when he beat the Franklin goalie on a breakaway shot from the middle.
The Patriots now get ready for another tough matchup Thursday, Savage said, when they travel to Berea to take on Madison Southern in the first district contest for both clubs.
Both teams lost some key seniors from last year’s teams that battled it out for the district title — a come-from-behind 4-3 win by Model — but Savage said he expects Thursday’s game to be just as intense.
“We’re no strangers to each other and both teams come to play, it wouldn’t matter if one team was great and one team stunk, we would both play really hard and really well,” Savage said. “Southern has always played hard and I know that Coach Ray’s teams have always played us hard and I know he will come up with something for us, and its at their place. So it will be a battle.”
Model and Southern play at 6 p.m. on Southern’s soccer field. The Lady Eagles will take on South Laurel, also at 6 p.m. Thursday, on the Southern football field.