No one associated with Franklin County's boys soccer team was happy about a penalty kick that proved to be the winning goal for Madison Central Thursday night at Sower Soccer Field.
But after the game FCHS coach David Rice referred to the Indians' first goal as one that was just as costly.
"We came out a little slow," he said after his team's 3-2 loss, "and any time you come out slow like we did and give up a cheap goal, you give yourself a chance to lose the game on a call like that.
"I'll never blame the refs for a win or loss," he added. "We gave up a cheap goal to start the game."
William Luxon's goal about a minute into the game gave Madison Central a 1-0 lead, and with less than a minute left in the first half Kent Blackburn scored to give the Indians a 2-0 halftime lead.
"They're a great team," Rice said of Madison Central. "They don't give up many goals. They've played five games and given up three goals, and one was an own goal tonight."
That own goal came with 21:05 left in the game and was credited to Bryan Parker, giving the Flyers their first goal and cutting MCHS' lead to one.
Kurt Jewell's goal with 16:26 remaining tied the game at 2-all, and the score stayed 2-all until Franklin County was called for a foul inside the penalty box.
That set up Andrew Howell's penalty kick, which gave Madison Central the 3-2 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.
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