Boys Soccer: Flyers in control, slip by Owen Co.

By LINDA YOUNKIN/ Published:

Franklin County’s offense was controlling the ball, and its defense was keeping Owen County’s offense from mounting any kind of attack.

About the only thing that didn’t come easy for FCHS was scoring.

Franklin County (2-0-1) defeated Owen County 2-0 Thursday in the second round of the Rotary Capital City Classic boys soccer tournament at Sower Soccer Field.

“We possessed the ball well tonight, and we did a good job switching fields,” FCHS coach Zac Donnelly said. “We had a little trouble finishing, putting the ball in the back of the net.”

But the Flyers finished often enough to take a 2-0 tournament record into Saturday’s game against Western Hills. The 8 p.m. contest will decide the tournament champion.

­On Thursday Franklin County scored both of its goals in the first half.

Matt Crosby scored on a second shot with 27:09 left in the half, and the score stayed 1-0 until Bryan Cox scored on a chip shot with 8:44 remaining.

Those would be the only goals of the game, but the Flyers’ offense kept the pressure on Owen County throughout the contest.

FCHS had numerous shots on goal in the second half but couldn’t connect.

“It’s the way Owen County plays defense, and some teams will do that,” Donnelly said, “but we have to be able to take advantage of opportunities and put the ball in the back of the net.

“They were packing it in on defense. They had five or six guys in the back, and that’s understandable. I think their goal was to keep the game close, and they succeeded at that.”

Owen County’s biggest scoring threat came late in the game when the Rebels had three consecutive corner kicks, but they weren’t able to capitalize on them.

“I thought they played great,” Donnelly said about his team’s defense. “They didn’t give up any real good scoring opportunities. Our defense was tremendous, and any time we get a shutout I’m very pleased with that.”

Alex Hydes was in goal for the Flyers, and Ben Allen was Owen County’s goalkeeper.

The Rebels (3-4) play Frankfort High at 6 p.m. Saturday in the final night of the tournament.

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