Marion eases by FCHS

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

With two second-half goals, Marion County's boys soccer team pulled out a 4-3 victory and ruined Franklin County's Senior Night Thursday at Sower Soccer Field.

The Flyers opened the scoring within the first five minutes of the game when Zach Patrick scored off a corner kick. With 28:30 left in the first half Luis Huerta scored to put FCHS up 2-0.

Marion's Dustin Mattingly picked up the first of his two goals about two minutes later, but FCHS' Kurt Jewell put the Flyers up 3-1 at the 24:31 mark with his 20th goal of the season.

Mattingly's second goal came with 9:47 left in the half and made the halftime score 3-2 in FCHS' favor.

Less than three minutes into the second half, the Knights tied the game on a goal by James Tabor. Marion was later called for taking down a player in the box, giving Franklin County a penalty kick with 22:35 remaining in the game. Jewell's PK bounced off the right post, leaving the game tied.

The Knights had a PK with 10:38 left when FCHS was called for a push in the box. Luis Cruz sent his penalty kick to the back of the net for a 4-3 Marion County lead.

"We had our chances," FCHS coach David Rice said. "In the second half they had two chances to score, and they scored on both of them."

James Clements was in goal for the Knights. Clemens Dundalek was Franklin County's goalkeeper in the first half, and Grant Goins was in goal for the second half.

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