Harrison’s girls soccer team has been fighting through injuries and has struggled to find the back of the net at times this season.
Tuesday’s IHSAA sectional opener on the Raiders’ home field provided the remedy for both against an inferior Frankfort squad.
The Raiders got goals from six different players and scored eight times in the second half of a 10-0 victory against the Hot Dogs.
“We’ve been working a lot on shooting at practices and it’s something we’ve always focused on,” said junior Katie Bond, who scored three goals. “In the second half, we capitalized.”
Harrison (6-9-1) advances to play Twin Lakes in Thursday’s semifinal following the 5:30 p.m. McCutcheon/Lafayette Jeff match.
It took just over a minute for the Raiders to strike. Senior Ryley Bugay headed in a deflected ball off Sydney Rainey’s corner kick 1:34 into Tuesday’s match. Ten minutes later, Lauren DeCamp put Harrison ahead 2-0.
Frankfort keeper Adilene Santos kept the lead from growing any larger in the early going. Santos finished with 15 saves, including 11 in the first half as Harrison controlled the time of possession and had multiple clear looks at the goal.
“In the first half, we had trouble connecting and we were trying to rush it because we felt frustrated,” said Bugay, who added a pair of assists to a two-goal night. “In the second half, we calmed down and connected and were able to put the ball in the back of the net.”
The second half proved much more efficient.
Along with Bond’s three goals and Bugay’s penalty kick, Rainey, Katie Musi, Tonya Gregorash and Maya Mengler all scored. Eleanor Sammons had two assists and Taylor Knoth set up Musi’s score.
“We love the sharing the win with each other, and it was great to see some new faces get some goals,” Bond said.