Frankfort — Lebanon boys’ soccer coach Ryan Tucker only needed to give a one-word answer when asked the main reason for his Tigers’ 5-1 Sagamore Athletic Conference loss to Frankfort on Tuesday.
Frankfort center forward Evan Giebel made his mark under the lights at the Frankfort High School soccer field, earning a hat trick while assisting on the two other Hot Dog goals in the victory.
Both of Giebel’s assists were on Frankfort’s (8-0, 3-0 SAC) first two goals and came off long throw-ins from the touchline. In the ninth minute, it was Diego Trenado who nailed a free header from inside the six-yard box for a 1-0 lead. And just six minutes later, Giebel’s long throw-in was initially headed away by a Lebanon player, but Frankfort’s Omar Santos got his foot on the ball and kicked it into the net to make it 2-0.
“I’ll say it again and again. Giebel. He’s a pretty good player,” Tucker said. “We do the exact same thing so you’d think we’d know how to defend it. But when you leave a guy unmarked in the six you got to be ball-side so you can get to the ball first, and we weren’t first to it so that’s what happens.”
Giebel said his long throw-ins are basically corner kicks coming from the sideline.
“I just try to place it in the middle or second post where we can get our heads on it, or get our heads on it and play it back in the middle,” Giebel said.
Giebel would then go on to score the Hot Dogs’ final three goals. Nine minutes before halftime, Giebel drew a penalty in the box on a Lebanon player and went left with his penalty kick for a 3-0 lead.