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August 27, 2013Rossville Middle High School
Hot Dogs win invite title
The Frankfort boys’ soccer team flat-out dominated the field in winning the Hot Dog Invitational on Saturday. The Hot Dogs scored 21 goals in the two matches, defeating Rossville 10-0 in the semifinal and dominating Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Crawfordsville 11-2 in the championship game.
“The kids deserve all that and probably more,” said Frankfort head coach Olegario Martinez. “It was great because we did something for our fans, for our kids and whoever cheers for the Hot Dogs.”
A number of players shared the scoring load in the title game against the Athenians. Evan Giebel, Brian Cortez and Diego Trenado all scored two goals apiece. Scoring a goal apiece were Jose Valdes, Dennis Mejia, Cris Alconedo, Isaac Wood and Kyle Giebel. The Hot Dogs scored three times in the first 14 minutes of the contest and never looked back.
Rossville won the consolation game against Delphi, 2-1, with a pair of goals from Zane Gottschalk.
It took more than 20 minutes for Frankfort to notch its first goal against Rossville in the semifinals. But once Evan Giebel finally put one home in the 23rd minute, the Hot Dogs were off and running.
Giebel notched a hat trick in a four-minute span and seven other Hot Dogs scored as they routed the Hornets 10-0. Frankfort’s strong play had Martinez happy with his team’s performance after blowing a three-goal lead Thursday against Western Boone.
“A lot of times, first home game, the crowd, the girls, the kids want to look good and sometimes when we work in the middle of the week in practice we throw it away because, you know how kids are,” said Martinez, referring to Thursday’s 4-3 win. “The first 20 minutes wasn’t our game. The fact the kids went back to what we do, they’re going to be fun to watch. You saw it in the last 60 minutes how beautifully the kids move the ball.”
On Giebel’s first goal, he chased down a long ball from Mejia, made a move to his right pass a Rossville defender and scored. Two minutes later, Giebel took a shot from 16 yards out that deflected off the leg of a Rossville defender and past a wrong-footed Austin Higbee in goal. And two minutes after that, Omar Santos found Giebel along the left side of the box which led to Giebel’s third goal.
“Once any team scores first goal, it’s just easier from there,” Giebel said. “It gets everybody loose.
“We started playing a lot more smoothly than we did Thursday. We went in a little bit too big-headed and that put everything in perspective for us. We just cooled off and let us play our game, and that’s what we did.”
The Hot Dogs weren’t done in the first half though, chipping in three more goals before the break. Mejia made it 4-0 when his corner kick deflected off the leg of Rossville’s Nolan Anderson and into the net. In the 35th minute, Trenado hit a low drive from about 23 yards that made its way through traffic for a 5-0 lead, and four minutes later Cortez scored his first goal of the season to make it 6-0.
Rossville nearly took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Gottschalk outraced Frankfort defenders on a through ball and had a 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Gus Montes. However, Gottschalk pushed his shot wide left, and that appeared to wake up the Hot Dogs.
“My heart skipped a beat a little bit right there,” Giebel said. “I was a little nervous on that one but even if it would’ve went in, we would’ve been alright. Just the way our team is, we’re just so loose we could’ve came out and done our thing.”
The Hot Dogs would on to add four more goals in the second half. Alconedo put home a pass from Trenado just two minutes in to make it 7-0. A half-hour passed without Frankfort scoring again before Valdes slotted a shot home for an 8-0 advantage.
In the 74th minute, Santos was dragged down in the box to draw a penalty. Santos took the penalty, and scored from the spot for a 9-0 lead. Gio Lopez scored the final Frankfort goal in the 78th minute, taking the cross from Valdes and hitting the sitter.
“It’s nice to have good momentum and everybody can score and share the ball. It’s good for the kids and good for the team,” Martinez said.
Rossville head coach Joel Wilson said his team didn’t put together the passing and movement that paid dividends last week against Sheridan.
“Once they got that first goal, Frankfort got more confidence and we lost a little bit,” Wilson said. “The defense didn’t get sewn up as tightly as we hoped. When we play well together, we can compete and we’ve just got to remember that.”
Frankfort senior Evan Giebel (left) and Rossville’s Griffey Saylor battle for the ball in the semifinal match of the Hot Dog Invitational on Saturday. The Hot Dogs defeated the Hornets 10-0.
Frankfort senior Dennis Mejia completes a slide tackle to displace the ball from Rossville’s Griffey Saylor during the semifinal match of Saturday’s Hot Dog Invitational.